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Explaining Urban Sustainability to Teachers in Training through a Geographical Analysis of Tourism Gentrification in Europe



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Martínez Hernández, Carlos and Yubero Bernabé, Claudia (2019) Explaining Urban Sustainability to Teachers in Training through a Geographical Analysis of Tourism Gentrification in Europe. Sustainability, 12 (1). ISSN 2071-1050

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010067


Urban centres in Europe have been recently affected by touristification processes which endanger their sustainable development. In this context, education in urban sustainability is gaining great importance at all stages of education. It has been noticed that this issue is not appropriately presented in primary education studies where “tourism” is one of the topics to be addressed. This paper provides the design of a teaching activity for teachers in training in order to understand the process of tourism gentrification in European cities. The aim of this activity is to enable the transfer of knowledge to primary education concerning contemporary urban processes involving tourism within a framework of respect and sustainability. This activity is based on an urban geographical analysis in public squares located in touristified districts of several European cities. This is achieved by way of a visual, interactive and cartographic analysis and evaluation.
This paper presents the results of the didactic experience in Madrid. The results are positive, since students develop geographic abilities, attitudes of respect, critical thinking, and contrasted knowledge about tourism gentrification. We conclude with a call for a conceptual update of contemporary urban processes involving tourism in primary education curricula and advise that teachers in training should be taken to the field to explain complex spatial phenomena.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Urban sustainability; teachers in training; tourism gentrification; geography; fieldwork; fieldtrip; Europe
Subjects:Social sciences > Economics > Economic development
Social sciences > Economics > Tourism
Humanities > Geography > Regional geography
ID Code:61806
Deposited On:07 Aug 2020 08:58
Last Modified:07 Aug 2020 08:58

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