Exploring tourists’ environmental learning, values, and travel experiences in relation to climate change: A postmodern constructivist research agenda

Ulrike Kachel, Gayle Jennings

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Abstract

There is a need for a research agenda, which achieves a holistic understanding of the nature and influences of environmental learning on tourists’ environmental values and travel experiences in relation to climate change. Why, because tourists’ environmental values and environmentally friendly behaviour have been the focus of predominantly quantitative studies within the ecotourism context. Such studies generally neglect influences over time and the multiple and diverse nature of tourists’ environmental learning experiences along with their social reconstruction. The agenda is predicated on a review of extant literature related to tourists’ environmental values, environmental learning, and travel experiences. The agenda identifies aims, potential research questions and advocates a postmodern constructivist research paradigm to inform the research agenda. Consideration is given to Internet-mediated environments and contexts. By advancing this research agenda, the paper contributes towards the goal of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBEST EN Think Tank IX
Subtitle of host publicationThe Importance of Values in Sustainable Tourism & first International Symposium on Volunteering and Tourism
PublisherUniversity of Technology
Pages314-332
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780980386042
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventBEST EN Think Tank IX: The Importance of Values in Sustainable Tourism & First International Symposium on Volunteering & Tourism - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 14 Jun 200918 Jun 2009
http://www.besteducationnetwork.org/TTIX_About

Conference

ConferenceBEST EN Think Tank IX
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period14/06/0918/06/09
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    Kachel, U., & Jennings, G. (2009). Exploring tourists’ environmental learning, values, and travel experiences in relation to climate change: A postmodern constructivist research agenda. In BEST EN Think Tank IX: The Importance of Values in Sustainable Tourism & first International Symposium on Volunteering and Tourism (pp. 314-332). University of Technology.