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ERIC Number: ED465021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 20
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Learning Experiences of Senior Travelers.
Roberson, Donald N., Jr.
A study examined learning experiences of older adults during travel. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a purposively selected sample of 8 individuals aged 56-89. Questions were directed at the nature of their most significant travel experiences and what they learned. Four themes emerged from the data: learning about self, learning about trust, learning about the world, and learning about home. Learning about self was evident within the messy details of travel, from interaction with others, and in personal and critical reflection about their trip. These novel experiences resulted in an empowering framework of learning about who they are, what they can do, and how they see themselves. Learning about trust involved new lessons of dependence about themselves, people they are around during travel, and their God. Globetrotting destroyed ethnocentricity and helped them understand and appreciate different cultures. Travel changed people by broadening perspective and teaching new ways to measure quality of life. Travelers returned with a stronger, more positive appreciation of home and discussed learning something new, interesting, or surprising and stated some implications of travel were that they learned more about other cultures, religions, and groups of people. An important consideration for researchers might be the lack of personal reflection by travelers. (Contains 35 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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