Towards an Understanding of Experiential Learning in China's Hospitality Education

Huijun Yang, Yuk Yim Cheung

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This study aims to develop a scale to measure experiential learning (EL) activities in China's hospitality higher education. The scale development procedure involved four stages: developing the initial items, implementing purifying measures, collecting data, and assessing the reliability and validity of the proposed measurement scale. After exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), the development process resulted in a reliable and valid scale for measuring EL. The scale consists of nine items with three dimensions: (1) practical learning activities, (2) school-based activities, and (3) professional skills-related activities. This study contributes to the literature by developing a measurement scale for EL that lays the groundwork for future study. A better understanding of EL activities can contribute to graduates' career development, universities' curriculum validation, and hotels' service quality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-235
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of China Tourism Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • China
  • Experiential learning
  • hospitality education
  • measurement scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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