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Journal Articles International Journal of Tourism Cities Year : 2018

Tourist cities as embodied places of learning


Purpose Walking is considered as a particular relationship for rhythmic moving in cityscapes and as method for understanding. The purpose of this paper is to explore the significance of an embodied way of sensing and making sense, of knowing and learning that is relevant for tourism education and studies and other forms of experiential learning. Design/methodology/approach The paper uses a conceptual, discursive and research-based approach based on a phenomenological understanding of embodied learning. Empirical “data” from two educational tours (Edutour) in Lisbon and Shanghai are presented, contextualized and interpreted. Findings Walking through cityscape related to projects is an “effective” embodied practice of learning in which senses “make sense.” The empirical material and experiences that emerged during Edutour demonstrated the significance of walking as form of embodied knowing, learning and interrelating to place and paces of a tourist city. Originality/value The idea of walking as method within tourist cities is hardly explored. Hence, this constitutes a unique, innovative and interpretative event in which new approaches, such as “fielding” and “reflactions” “in the feeld”, defy more traditional concepts. It emphasizes the role of the city as a medium and remains a valuable contribution for tourism and education research.
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hal-02518905 , version 1 (25-03-2020)



Wendelin Kuepers, Desmond Wee. Tourist cities as embodied places of learning: walking in the “feelds” of Shanghai and Lisbon. International Journal of Tourism Cities, 2018, 4 (3), pp.376-390. ⟨10.1108/IJTC-12-2017-0076⟩. ⟨hal-02518905⟩
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