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Research Note: The Relationship Between Children's Geographical Knowledge and Travel Experience: An Exploratory Study

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Abstract:

As learning is identified as a main motive for family travel, this study explores the link between children's demographic characteristics, travel experience and their geographical knowledge. Interviews were conducted with 261 children, aged 6 to 13, in nineteen schools in England. To validate the children's reports of travel experience, a questionnaire was also distributed to the parents of the participants. The analysis was conducted using simultaneous multiple regression. The results suggest a direct link between social class, age and travel experience. Unexpectedly, no link was found between travel experience and geographical knowledge. It is suggested that there is a need for further research on the effects of travel on children and specifically on the learning that results from tourist activity.

Keywords: Children; geographical knowledge; travel experience

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616680500291121

Affiliations: 1: Department of Hotel and Tourism Management, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel 2: Department of Behavioral Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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