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 39: Innovation and change in tourism education with special focus on India

Babu P. George


The present chapter provides some intensely personal reflections about the past, present and future of tourism higher education, with special focus on India. The author highlights forces of continuity and change in the historical development of tourism education. In addition to more trivial issues such as curriculum design, instruction and campus placements, deeper currents that manipulate the system such as authority and dogma are touched upon. Special mention is accorded to the historical factors that resulted in the current state of institution development and the future outlook. While no grand design is offered as a panacea for the largely unpleasant state of affairs, it is hoped that the discussion contained here will help clarify the issues better, which is the first major step in identifying meaningful solutions.

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