Title

Increasing Student Learning in the Classroom through Experiential Learning Programs outside the Classroom

Keywords

experiental learning, cooperative education, practical training, internship, curriculum, student learning, hospitality management

Abstract

Does it make any difference to require hospitality majors to gain work experience as part of their curriculum of study? Most hospitality programs require some sort of experiential learning occur prior to graduation, yet there is little empirical evidence that such inclusion in a curriculum changes a student's perception of learning. This study reviews the responses of over 600 students and the differences between those who have not had an experiential learning experience and those who had. The study shows that there is a difference and that many of the reasons that educators require experiential experiences are validated. The study used a modified version of a previously validated survey instrument (P.L.A.C.E.) to obtain data. An independent samples T-test was performed to identify ten areas where statistically significant differences were found. This is what is presented in this paper.

Publication Date

3-1-2010

Original Citation

Lee, S. & Dickson, D. R. (2010). Increasing learning in the classroom through experiential learning programs outside the classroom. Journal of Hospitality Education. 22(3), 27-34.

Number of Pages

27-34

Document Type

Paper

Language

English

Source Title

Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education

Volume

22

Issue

3

College

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Location

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10963758.2010.10696982

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