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Chapter 6: Lifelong tourism education: current and future trends in Scottish universities
Tourism higher education has long had a significant role in preparing a skilled and educated workforce for a dynamic and rapidly growing industry. However, compared to other academic fields, research and innovation in tourism higher education has not benefited from the same levels of growth observed within the industry. For instance, lifelong learning (LLL) is a globally accepted phenomenon at both government and institutional levels. Nevertheless, the discourse on lifelong tourism education is limited. In Scotland, the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) is currently utilized as the main instrument for achieving an extensive program that meets government’s agenda for providing education for life, work and industry. Nevertheless, in the area of tourism there has been very little focused engagement and adoption of lifelong learning approaches. This chapter seeks to address this gap by examining the Scottish experience in general, and in particular two universities: the Academies Model at Queen Margaret University (QMU) and the Lifelong Learning Centre at Strathclyde University. Acknowledging the diverse nature of the tourism industry, tourism curriculum space, ongoing debate and challenges of its design, structure and delivery, the chapter proffers Lifelong Learning for Tourism Higher Education (LLLfTHE), a holistic collaborative approach for advancing a lifespan national tourism curriculum.
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