Case Study 4: An orientation trip project provides a focus for students' learning
A Case Study from the Private Training Establishment (PTE) sector. Part of the Enhancing the Effectiveness of Tertiary Teaching and Learning through Assessment project.
The Private Training Establishment Sector
Name: Brenda Rawiri
Organisation: Sir George Seymour National College of Airline, Travel & Tourism
Researcher: Rosanne Matheson
'I use the orientation trip project to enable students to see people in action, to see what they might want to get into so they can assess where their focus is going to be for the rest of the year and in that way they have a goal.'
Previously students had completed the unit standards that make up the cultural tourism programme without seeing how they might apply the learning in a job. The purpose of this strategy is to help students analyse what areas of cultural tourism interest them so that they can focus on the course and make the most of it. At the same time the teacher 'can anaylse their interests with them in order to tailor the course so students meet their goals'.
While visiting a number of Maori tourism ventures in Rotorua, students assess them from the point of view of being a visitor.They then bring this information together into an oral presentation. In the presentation they deliver their analysis of the particular venture, what stood out for them, what could have been improved upon and what they learnt through this exprience of being a tourist. Students are usually shy about doing a presentation but they do see the benefit of it because 'no matter what you are doing in cultural toursim you will need to be able to get up and speak to people'.