Becoming a part of the destination: a model for teaching tourism landscape

Ilhan O. A., Balyali T. O., GÜNAY AKTAŞ S., Witsel M.

JOURNAL OF TEACHING IN TRAVEL & TOURISM, vol.23, no.2, pp.184-207, 2023 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/15313220.2022.2123079
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, CAB Abstracts, EBSCO Education Source, Educational research abstracts (ERA), Hospitality & Tourism Complete, Hospitality & Tourism Index, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.184-207
  • Keywords: Tourism landscape, tourism geography, fieldwork, experiential learning, tourism geography education, tourism education, EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION, FIELD, PERCEPTIONS, MANAGEMENT, GEOGRAPHY, STUDENTS, DESIGN, UK
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


This paper seeks to explore the role of the experiential learning method in teaching tourism landscape. A model has been developed to teach tourism landscape through analysis on the basis of Kolb's experiential learning theory. The sample group consists of sixty-five high school students aged 14-18 years. The proposed model was designed in three parts using a mixed research design; fieldwork, qualitative analysis, and thematic mapping as the components of experiential learning. The results show that the experiential learning method is effective in teaching tourism landscape. Students understood the concept of the landscape. It has been proven that the teaching model developed to interpret the landscape and its three-dimensional components on maps are suitable. This study is important as it suggests a new approach that can be used in tourism education.