Tourism as an activity is increasingly being criticised for its exploitative and extractive industrial approaches to business. Yet, it has the power to transform and to regenerate societies, cultures and the environment. The desire to explore the world around us is deeply embedded in many people's psyche, but it comes at a cost to the environment and often to the residents of the visited communities. Much of tourism education has been closely linked to preparing students for future professional practice, but the challenges and opportunities linked to its consumption require that its future leaders must exhibit very different values and understandings to tackle ever more complex and wicked problems from which tourism cannot dissociate itself.
This teaching guide brings together a compilation of values-based learning experiences that can be adapted to suit the needs and disposition of individual instructors. It aims not only to engage students in the subject matter but also deepen their understanding of its complexity and interconnectivity and help them become global citizens that lead lives of consequence.
Academics and practitioners in higher education institutions around the world in many different disciplines will find the thought-provoking conversation starters and activities of help in encouraging students to take a multi- or post-disciplinary approach to explore tourism from a values perspective. Consultants and academics engaging community stakeholders in capacity building will value its practical, accessible information.
'The crises threatening tourism's future are causing reflective teachers to re-examine what they are teaching and why. This book synthesizes the knowledge and passion of 45 such educators from diverse origins and disciplines. It is truly a lighthouse in the storm. It sheds light by providing a strong philosophical framework for new approaches to developing tourism curricula focused on values and transformation. In addition to its strong axiological foundations, it contains a wealth of innovative activities and student engagement exercises to ensure its pedagogical relevance. Building on the work of Tourism Education Futures Initiative (TEFI), this book is an inspiration and a much-needed bridge to a new and transformed tourism world. I recommend it as required reading for all tourism educators!'
– Pauline Sheldon, Professor Emerita, University of Hawaii, US
'Readers who regard education and learning as a transformative force will embrace this book. The editors and contributors are leading thinkers and educators, including early career and established academics. They have collaborated on chapters about a variety of topics, employing diverse pedagogical approaches to addressing the range of environmental, political and sociocultural issues that students will encounter as future leaders and members of society. Considering the need for inclusive, mindful approaches to reducing humanities' environmental impacts, this collection is informed by principles that enable localised, values-based perspectives. Conversation starters and activities complement each chapter's discussion and the end result provides thought-provoking inspiration for those who wish to refresh and revitalise their teaching of tourism studies.'
– Anna Carr, University of Otago/ Te Whare Wananga o Otago, New Zealand
'This is a challenging book. It challenges us to think about what, why and how we teach. It does this by a deep inspection of axiology to understand the value(s) of tourism education. It challenges us to be creative in facilitating learning. It does this through its provocative questions and innovative student activities. And it challenges us to have a transformative effect on our students. It does this by engaging students with the pressing issues of tourism. The authors are to be commended for their practical scholarship, their collaborative approach to writing and for bringing clarity to complex issues. Highly recommended.'
– John Tribe, York St. John University, UK
Contributors: Mette Simonsen Abildgaard, Barkathunnisha Abu Bakar, Linda Armano, Stefanie Benjamin, Karla A. Boluk, Elin Bommenel, Samantha Bouwer, Blanca A. Camargo, Helene Balslev Clausen, Alexandra Coghlan, Émilie Crossley, Jonathon Day, Johan Edelheim, Deborah Edwards, Richard Ek, Stephen Fairbrass, Joan Flaherty, Joanne Paulette Gellatly, Brynhild Granås, Jaume Guia, Sisko Häikiö, Emily Höckert, Maria Huhmarniemi, Tazim Jamal, Gunnar Thór Jóhannesson, Marion Joppe, Ece Kaya, Outi Kugapi, Tanja Lešnik Štuhec, Monika Lüthje, Xavier Michel, Maggie Miller, Minori Morioka, Nick Naumov, Brendan Paddison, Miranda Peterson, Giang T. Phi, Outi Rantala, Stuart Reid, Carina Ren, Bradley Rink, Sarah Ripper, Kathleen Rodenburg, Sudipta Kiran Sarkar, Chiaki Shimoyasuba, Kaarina Tervo-Kankare, Maja Turnšek, Minna Väyrynen.
Edited by Johan Edelheim, PhD, Professor, Graduate School of International Media, Communication and Tourism Studies, Hokkaido University, Japan, Marion Joppe, PhD, Professor and Joan Flaherty, MA, MSc, Associate Professor Emerita, School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management, University of Guelph, Canada.