Exploratory study of youth perceptions of tourism in selected schools in Liberia, Costa Rica

dc.contributor.author Anglin, Ashley Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-19T23:06:48Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-19T23:06:48Z
dc.date.issued 2012-05
dc.description M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2012.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references.
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this qualitative photo elicitation study was to explore and describe the perceptions of tourism of youth in Liberia, Costa Rica in order to better understand the development of attitudes toward tourism within this cultural context and to situate these perceptions within developmental theory by including two distinct age groups (10-11 and 15-16). The results of this study indicate that the youth in this sample are able to perceive both positive and negative aspects and impacts of tourism, and explain how these impacts relate to their lives, their community, and their country. The participant-generated topics included environmental, economic, cultural, and historical impacts, the creation of infrastructure to support tourism, injustice resulting from tourism, the role of the government, and the youth's perceptions of tourists and their community. In addition, the results provided a unique opportunity to explore developmental differences, including variation in perspective-taking, abstract thinking, metacognition and critical thinking, all which suggested an increase in these abilities with age. Their ability to generate discussion and take pictures related to this topic-along with their reports that the activities were enjoyable and engaging-also imply that tourism is an important and salient topic for youth in this context and that these participants are actively forming opinions about the role tourism plays in their community.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/101248
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 2012]
dc.relation Theses for the degree of Master of Arts (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Psychology.
dc.subject youth tourism
dc.subject Costa Rica
dc.title Exploratory study of youth perceptions of tourism in selected schools in Liberia, Costa Rica
dc.type Thesis
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