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 41: The future of teaching and learning in tourism

Pierre Benckendorff and Anita Zehrer


The aim of this original contribution is to evaluate the future of teaching and learning in tourism by considering developments at the macro, meso and micro levels. First, we review some of the megatrends impacting on the future and we use these as a foundation to provide a synthesis of the future of teaching and learning in tourism at the macro level. We also discuss meso and micro-level trends by synthesizing and extending the key themes that emerge from a number of the chapters presented in this volume. We attempt to extend on the work already presented by not only summarizing key themes but also adding additional commentary and analysis about the future of institutions, curricula, social and critical pedagogies, students and learning outcomes. Despite the challenges faced by higher education, we conclude that the intersection of two of the world’s most exciting post-industrial industries, tourism and education, offers many opportunities for innovation and disruption of traditional systems and models.

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