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ERIC Number: ED465022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Modern Day Explorers--The Way to a Wider World.
Roberson, Donald N., Jr.
A study addressed the impact of the travel experience on the older traveler and when such experiences may be transformative. It explored the experiences of four older and experienced travelers. Research questions were: What types of experiences travelers identified? In what ways transformative experience was manifested? What conditions seemed to support change during a travel experience? and What type of travel seemed to be particularly meaningful to the traveler? Qualitative case study, grounded theory, portraiture, and comparative analysis were used in the process of this research. Five general themes resulted from the study, indicating the way to a wider world. First, impact in travel occurred when one saw personally important notions within the framework and contrast of another place or culture. Second, effective tour guides could be a catalyst for promoting change in travel. Third, rather than Mezirow's perspective transformation, travelers identified a change in meaning scheme that could be internal or external. Fourth, planning or preparation caused a greater impact in the travel experience. Fifth, interactions with locals had a strong impression, even if very brief. Interview protocols are appended. (Contains 43 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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