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2011 L’Espoir Decosta Patrick Grunewald, A Logies of Tourismology: The need to include meta-theories in tourism curricula.
SHTM, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
STHM, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism, ISSN 1531-3220, Vol. 11, no 3, 289-303 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Tourism as a field of study in tertiary education has maturedsignificantly during the past few decades (Airey & Tribe, 2005).Academic program coordinators and administrators have becomeincreasingly cognizant of the complex issues inherent in contemporary tourism studies. As a result, they no longer need to take the initial step of familiarizing themselves with the breadthof the tourism field in developing appropriate tourism curricula,as highlighted by Gunn (1998). Nonetheless, the various models of academic curricula established during the years suggest that the full academic scope of tourism has yet to be fully circumscribed to give due recognition to its multidisciplinary origin and its multifarious concomitant issues. Doctoral research projects and working theses are increasingly adopting interdisciplinary,multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary perspectives to the studyof tourism, and are highlighting the benefit of integrating the foundational meta-theories of these “mother disciplines” in bothundergraduate and postgraduate tourism programs. This conceptual article reflects on the peculiar position of tourism as anacademic subject in tertiary education and relies on the criticaldiscussion of tourism educational perspectives from both the literature and practice in tourism academia to finally suggest the integration of meta-theories of major disciplines in tourism programs.

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2011. Vol. 11, no 3, 289-303 p.
Keyword [en]
meta-theory, tourism curriculum, tourism education
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Educational Sciences in Arts and Professions
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-73365DOI: 10.1080/15313220.2011.597640OAI: diva2:504662
Available from: 2012-02-21 Created: 2012-02-21 Last updated: 2012-02-22Bibliographically approved

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