ERIC Number: ED251367
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Travel-Study as Part of the Urban Studies Curriculum: Or, Travel Need Not be Travail.
Prinz, Andrew K.
Travel-study experiences offered as part of a college level urgan studies curriculum are described, and the mechanics involved in setting up such a course experience are discussed. The length of the travel experience varies from a 4-day mini-course involving local travel to a 3-week stay in a foreign country. Objectives are to help students gain a better appreciation of other cultures and countries and to help them understand the organizational structure of the city visited and of particular departments, the interrelationship of official government bodies, the patterns of need and the organization of solutions to those needs faced by the community, and similarities and differences between the city being visited and a city with which the students are familiar. Visits are scheduled with officials in the city, and then students are required to get to know the city for themselves. They must document their experience in a journal/log. Mechanics involve travel arrangements, official contacts, publicity, participant organization, and follow-up. While there have been some problems with the travel-study experiences (e.g., a student was robbed), the overall result has been very positive for both students and faculty. (RM)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Course Descriptions, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Experiential Learning, Field Trips, Foreign Countries, Government (Administrative Body), Higher Education, Problem Solving, Program Development, Program Implementation, Study Abroad, Travel, Urban Areas, Urban Studies
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 17-20, 1984).