Using tourism free‐choice learning experiences to promote environmentally sustainable behaviour: the role of post‐visit ‘action resources’

Research
TitleUsing tourism free‐choice learning experiences to promote environmentally sustainable behaviour: the role of post‐visit ‘action resources’
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBallantyne, R, Packer, J
JournalEnvironmental Education Research
Volume17
Issue2
Pagination201 - 215
Date Published2011/04/01/
ISBN Number1350-4622
Keywordsaction resources, ecotourism, free‐choice learning, Learning for sustainability, wildlife tourism
AbstractThis paper argues the need for the providers of ecotourism and other free‐choice environmental learning experiences to promote the adoption of environmentally sustainable actions beyond their own sites, when visitors return to their home environments. Previous research indicates that although visitors often leave such experiences with a heightened awareness of conservation issues and intentions to adopt environmentally responsible behaviours, only a minority translate these intentions into real actions. Building on research and theory in relation to visitor experiences in free‐choice learning environments, the paper identifies three different stages in the educational process and proposes a strategy for facilitating the translation of visitors' behavioural intentions into the adoption of sustainable actions through the provision of post‐visit action resources.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2010.530645