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Linking internships and classroom learning: A case study examination of hospitality and tourism management students

Authors
Stansbie, PaulNash, RobertChang, Seohee
Issue Date
Nov-2016
Publisher
ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Keywords
Internships; Experiential learning; Classroom learning strategies
Citation
JOURNAL OF HOSPITALITY LEISURE SPORT & TOURISM EDUCATION, v.19, pp.19 - 29
Journal Title
JOURNAL OF HOSPITALITY LEISURE SPORT & TOURISM EDUCATION
Volume
19
Start Page
19
End Page
29
URI
https://scholarworks.sookmyung.ac.kr/handle/2020.sw.sookmyung/3225
DOI
10.1016/j.jhlste.2016.07.001
ISSN
1473-8376
Abstract
This exploratory study focuses on Hospitality and Tourism Management internships to examine whether these cooperative education experiences complement student learning and furthermore, enhance knowledge previously gained through a traditional classroom setting. It specifically focuses on preparation for the internship experience, identifies signs of links to prior classroom learning, explores if the internship allowed the student to develop new skills and finally seeks connections between academic theories and their practical application in the workplace. A mixed methodology is used which initially analyses quantitative data from 339 questionnaire respondents before examining qualitative outcomes via a series of focus groups with consenting students. Whilst set in the context of a Case University, the study suggests that students feel that the education they received prior to their internship had prepared them for their experiences. In addition, statistical significance showed that theories discussed in the classroom are important to their learning and that examples of these theoretical approaches were evident during their practical experiences. Finally, as a result of their internships, students felt that their classroom education underpinned the additional learning of new skills and competencies that occurred during their internships. The findings provide a sound first step in the examination of the teaching effectiveness at the Case University and offer opportunities for further research in a broader context. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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