“It feels like a job …” Understanding commuter students: Motivations, engagement, and learning experiences

STALMIRSKA, Anna Maria and MELLON, Vicky (2022). “It feels like a job …” Understanding commuter students: Motivations, engagement, and learning experiences. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education, 30.

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Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhlste.2021.100368


To understand tourism and events commuter students' motivations, engagement, and learning experiences, semi-structured interviews with 14 students at a university in the UK were undertaken. These interviews revealed that in addition to increased tuition fees which incentivise the presumed cost-effective choice of commuting, mental health issues appear to be another major reason why commuter students decide to stay at home for the duration of their course. The findings also indicate that while commuter students in this study tended to prioritise their academic integration, social integration with peers and participating in extracurricular activities were lacking, thus hindering their sense of belonging. As a result, several recommendations for universities are identified and proposed which could enhance commuter students’ sense of belonging. While the findings are particularly relevant to policymakers and academics in the UK, they resonate more widely in an era of changes in higher education on a global scale.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy; 1506 Tourism
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhlste.2021.100368
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2022 16:45
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 16:40
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29568

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