Laboratory as experiment in field learning: An application in a touristic city


  • Donatella Privitera Dipartimento di Scienze della Formazione, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
  • Sandro Privitera Associazione Regionale Guide Sicilia AIIG Sicilia, Catania, Italy


In many higher education curricula, pre-structured laboratory exercises in courses in tourism geography arean important part of the training of future tourism operators. This paper explores how the collaboration betweenuniversity and association can enhance practical competences and skills, while bringing innovativeapproaches to the teaching and learning of the Geography of Tourism. The aim is to empower students ingeographical thinking and doing so by building on their latent skills and knowledge. The observations ofthe places of tourism must be flexible so as to encourage innovative teaching strategies with applications toreality. Experiences were generally positively received and serve to highlight the potential for new teachingopportunities to use applied geography to share geographical empathy and stories. The result identified thelaboratory as a favourite learning activity opening up new possibilities in terms of practical exercises.


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