Higher education and the sustainable tourism pedagogy: Are tourism students ready to lead change in the post pandemic era?

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Mínguez García, Carmen and Martinez Hernández, Carlos and Yubero Bernabé, Claudia (2021) Higher education and the sustainable tourism pedagogy: Are tourism students ready to lead change in the post pandemic era? Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education, 29 . p. 100329. ISSN 1473-8376

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhlste.2021.100329



Abstract

The present context of COVID19 pandemics has highlighted the vulnerability of tourism. Sustainable tourism needs to be thoroughly implemented to confront this and other crises; and sustainable tourism pedagogies must accompany the process, especially in terms of students’ professional skills essential for overcoming crisis situations. This paper seeks to evaluate the Degrees of Tourism in Spain from the perspective of both students and teachers in order to show to what extent they consider students to be sufficiently qualified so as to address the challenges required in the tourism sector to deal with this and other crises. To answer this question, we have turned to Sustainable Tourism Pedagogy (STP), a framework for the critical analysis of tourism studies based on six areas of literacy that this article will use for empirical analysis. The STP core literacies have been evaluated in a statistically validated questionnaire addressed to 393 respondents and data analysis has been performed with analytical descriptive techniques. The results show: i) that Tourism Degrees do not meet the needs of today’s students, especially because of a major lack of sustainability issues, ii) significant gaps between the perception of teachers and students, iii) that there are calls for a more sustainable tourism pedagogy in Higher Education. This paper concludes by highlighting the urgent need to revise official national programmes.


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Uncontrolled Keywords:Tourism education, University degree, STP, Spain, COVID-19
Subjects:Social sciences > Economics > Tourism
Humanities > Education > Higher education
ID Code:69466
Deposited On:10 Jan 2022 12:22
Last Modified:18 Feb 2022 09:42

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