Handbook of Teaching and Learning in Tourism
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Handbook of Teaching and Learning in Tourism

Edited by Pierre Benckendorff and Anita Zehrer

This comprehensive Handbook provides an international perspective on contemporary issues and future directions in teaching and learning in tourism. Key topics include assurance of learning, development of skills, learning in the field, work integrated learning, sustainability and critical studies, internationalisation, technology enabled learning, links between teaching and research, and graduate student supervision. Within these topics attention is devoted to the discussion of curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, students, educators and trends and issues. The Handbook provides a valuable resource for understanding teaching and learning theory and practice in tourism.
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Chapter 22: Internationalization of tourism education

Cathy H.C. Hsu

Abstract

The importance of internationalizing tourism education is indisputable; however, documentation of the effectiveness of related activities is seriously lacking. The limited available evidence suggests that tourism higher education internationalization activities have been carried out on an ad hoc basis without a comprehensive strategic plan. Based on a review of the general education literature and current internationalization efforts of various tourism programs, the discussion focuses on several issues related to internationalization. The importance of coherent strategies and ways of offering an internationalized curriculum are reviewed first. The need for and ways of recruiting, retaining and developing faculty members who are capable of cultivating an international, multicultural learning environment are discussed next. Furthermore, examples of how to provide international exposure for students and models of international collaboration are proposed. Even with the understanding of the importance and different models of internationalization, barriers exist for institutions, faculty and students to realize their best intentions. To ensure that international efforts achieve the purpose of enhancing student learning, pedagogical planning, support services for students and faculty, and proper assessment mechanism are required. Based on the discussion, more tourism education research to document the advancement of tourism education internationalization and a systematic approach to these efforts are suggested.

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