Edited by Pierre Benckendorff and Anita Zehrer
Chapter 29: Criticality in tourism education
Criticality is a concept that has gained increasing traction among tourism scholars seeking to articulate socially progressive, politically engaged and methodologically innovative perspectives. However, tourism education has remained largely insulated from these radical and transformative currents within the academy. Predominantly, university programs still focus on producing graduates with pragmatic management competencies rather than the ability to engage critically with the social and environmental challenges faced by tourism practitioners. Building on emergent debates within the field of tourism education, this chapter explores the plural and contested meanings of criticality as a theoretical orientation and pedagogical practice. Three pedagogical moments are identified along a continuum of criticality, which moves progressively towards uncertainty and reflexivity, and the potential of each for enriching teaching and learning in tourism is evaluated.
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