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Tourism, cultural capital and the transformational power of education: Lessons from the Children’s University Tasmania


Ooi, CS and Shelley, B, Tourism, cultural capital and the transformational power of education: Lessons from the Children's University Tasmania, CAUTHE 2018: Get Smart: Paradoxes and Possibilities in Tourism, Hospitality and Events Education and Research, Proceedings of the 28th CAUTHE conference, 5-8 February 2018, Newcastle, Australia, pp. 596-599. ISBN 978-0-9945141-2-7 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This tourism research project focuses on the local community rather than on tourists. It explores links between cultural capital, tourism and education in the community. Focusing on the Children’s University Tasmania and its programs, this study looks at how tourist sites are transformed into learning destinations for residents. The goal of the programs is to enhance the cultural capital of children in less privileged segments of Tasmanian society. The initial results are promising. In the context of tourism studies, this study shows that the narrative of travel can stimulate the imagination of locals. The benefits of learning through (local) tourism experiences can be harnessed to support the broader social and economic goals of improved educational attainment for the young. This study essentially demonstrates how tourism resources are used for local and community development. Tourism should be better integrated to serve the social and educational needs of society.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Children's University, learning destinations, cultural capital, local community
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Tourism not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Socio-cultural issues in tourism
UTAS Author:Ooi, CS (Professor Can Seng Ooi)
ID Code:124602
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-02-28
Last Modified:2019-10-15

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