Hospitality leadership course design and delivery: A blended-experiential learning model

Thomas A. Maier, Nicholas J. Thomas

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Abstract

This hospitality education longitudinal pilot study was conducted in order to compare student perceptions of traditional classroom-based course design and delivery with blended-experiential course design and delivery. The research findings suggest that blended-experiential learning course design and delivery was favored by a majority of students over traditional classroom design and delivery. Most notably, students participating in the blended-experiential learning course design indicated a greater acquisition of real-life business context compared to the traditional classroom-based course design and delivery; however, it is important to note that students enrolled in the blended-experiential learning course design reported a lower acquisition of knowledge and skills. Future academic research surrounding the topic of blended-experiential learning in hospitality education should focus on a more in-depth analysis of the efficacy of blended-experiential learning in the context of both educational innovation and student competency and industry readiness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-21
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Hospitality and Tourism Education
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Education
  • Experiential learning
  • Learning styles
  • Pedagogy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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