My research interests are in guide training, informal learning, visitor attractions and ecological restoration. My PhD study is on guide-visitor interaction during guided wildlife tours conducted by the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi in New Zealand and Pacific Whale Foundation in Hawai’i. My PhD thesis was submitted for examination on 26th August 2016 and I awaiting the examiners’ reports to prepare for my upcoming oral examination.
I am a volunteer guide on Tiritiri Matangi. In the courses that I teach at Auckland Institute of Studies, I have facilitated assessments where students deliver guided tours at visitor attractions such as Alberton House, Mt Albert. I was born and raised in Auckland but have lived in several places in Australia, England and New Zealand. I hold a Masters in History and have worked in the tourism and hospitality industry.
Most recent publications:
Spring. J. (2016). Book review: Tour guiding research: Insights, issues and implications, Annals of Leisure Research, 19(2), 263-265, DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2015.1093951
Spring, J. (2015). Caught in the crossfire: Using participant observation to research guided tours. In M. Lück, J. Velvin, & B. Eisenstein (Eds.) The social side of tourism: The interface between tourism, society, and the environment (pp. 127-140). Frankfurt, Germany: Peter Lang Verlag.
Orams, M, Forestell, P, & Spring, J. (2014). What’s in it for the whales? Exploring the contribution of environmental interpretation to conservation. In J. Higham, L. Bejder & R. Williams (Eds.). Whale-watching: Sustainable management and ecological management (pp. 146-62). Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.
Sustainable wildlife tours and the concept of awareness. NAI Conference (National Association of Interpreters) Wellington, New Zealand, 3-7 April, 2016.
How can feedback from the Real World be utilised heuristically? Exploring the ways public comments about students’ performance as a tour guide in a practical assessment can be used in the classroom. CRIE Conference (Centre for Research in international Education). Auckland, New Zealand, 18-20 January, 2016.