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 27: Cultural and environmental awareness through sustainable tourism education: exploring the role of onsite community tourism-based Work-Integrated Learning projects

Stephen Wearing, Michael A. Tarrant, Stephen Schweinsberg and Kevin Lyons


This chapter explores the potential of Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) in promoting cultural and environmental awareness through sustainable tourism education. The chapter considers how an experiential framework built on an ecological paradigm provides a platform for WIL that not only exposes learners to concrete experiences, but also has the capacity to introduce them to authentic practices through interaction with industry and community leaders and players. Two case studies of WIL are presented from programs being run at the University of Georgia and the University of Technology (Sydney). These descriptive cases provide evidence of the different modes of WIL application, which are then used by the authors as a starting point for a discussion on the contribution of WIL to sustainable tourism education. The chapter concludes by considering the potential for such an approach to be embraced by higher education in less formal education contexts such as the gap year.

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