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 29: Criticality in tourism education

Émilie Crossley

Abstract

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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