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RESOURCES: RESEARCH AGENDAS

Author : BEST Education Network
Year : 2011 | Think Tank XI
  • How do we know that people have learned not just about environment and economic sustainability but about equity and sustainability
  • How do learners from different cultural and social backgrounds learn about sustainable tourism?
  • What does sustainability mean in different cultural contexts? Are there cross-cultural differences in sustainable tourism and learning – does it mean anything/different things in different contexts?
  • How do we convey the notion that perceived realities need to be challenged while operating in institutions that live and foster the realities that are currently dominant? Can free-thinkers exist and be encouraged within the walls of structured learning environments?
  • Exploration of the gap between theory and practice in various contexts (e.g. academics, tour guides, etc)
  • How do we reconcile an industry that focuses on growth with sustainable philosophy and practice? Facilitating changes in mind-sets?
  • What are the threshold concepts in sustainable tourism?
  • Are students motivated to learn about ST and if yes, what motivates them?
  • What motivates consumers/tourists to learn about sustainable tourism
  • What are the barriers that prevent consumer motivation?
  • How can sustainable issues (theory) be put into practice. From knowing to action.
  • How can we involve students/people to feel more responsible for learning and acting in a sustainable way? Active participation/learning
  • What is it we want students to know about ST?
  • What is that students can actively do once they have learnt about sustainable tourism?
  • How can we involve trainers and teachers in this (see above)?
  • Are there ways to provide practical experiences to students in order to provide first hand experiences in learning for sustainable tourism?
  • Who are the learners of sustainable tourism – who is the person who is committed rather than not, what drives a person to act and learn about sustainable tourism?
  • What are the attributes of the teachers of sustainable tourism – psychographic, lifestyle attributes, etc?
  • We need to understand the alternative financial models that can be used by SMEs  to support sustainable practice in industry.
  • How can knowledge transfer to industry be facilitated, improved and enhanced (e.g. understanding financial models, CSR, delivery of knowledge to industry, generating two way channels of communication, etc)
  • How can learning be used as a tool for encouraging more sustainable visitor behaviors (i.e. transformative travel and learning)?
  • To what extent is learning an accumulative effect of a particular sort of experience?
  • Effectiveness of pledging as a form of behavior change? Cultural context of pledging?
  • Longitudinal studies about the learning process
  • Which teaching methods and tools are most successful in increasing student learning about sustainable tourism?
  • How is success measured in sustainable tourism education?
  • What is the difference between learning for sustainable tourism and learning in other areas of knowledge? Is there a difference? If so, what is it?
  • Is there a brand for sustainable learning?
  • What makes an expert sustainable tourism practitioner? How does the knowledge production process work? How can we enhance the development of expert knowledge?

List of Articles
No. Subject Date
» Learning for Sustainable Tourism Dec 12, 2013

How do we know that people have learned not just about environment and economic sustainability but about equity and sustainability How do learners from different cultural and social backgrounds learn about sustainable tourism? What does sustainability mean in different cultural co...

Author: BEST Education Network 

Year: 2011 | Think Tank XI 

4 Networking for Sustainable Tourism [11] Oct 13, 2013

Introduction The research agenda workshop at the 2010 BEST EN Think Tank "Networking for Sustainable Tourism" provided delegates with an opportunity to consider the conference topic with a view of exploring future research opportunities and needs in that area. True to the overall ...

Author: BEST Education Network 

Year: 2010 | Think Tank X 

3 Innovation in the Private Sector [63] Oct 13, 2013

Introduction Approximately 15 academics and industry representatives met over two days to identify the key themes that could or should be included in this research agenda. While different interpretations of the term “innovation” were discussed initially to clarify the terminology ...

Author: BEST Education Network 

Year: 2007 | Think Tank VII 

2 Corporate Social Responsibility for Sustainable Tourism [11] Oct 10, 2013

PRELIMINARY RESEARCH AGENDA Definition Define CSR in the context of sustainable tourism (scope/limits) Different stakeholders´ definitions of CSR Different cultures’/regions’ definitions of CSR Ethical bases Examination of underlying ethical approaches and belief systems Who shou...

Author: BEST Education Network 

Year: 2006 | Think Tank VI 

1 Managing Risk and Crises for Sustainable Tourism [4] Oct 10, 2013

1. Introduction Crisis events have undermined the viability and marketability of tourism regions and have been a fact of life for many years. Wars, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, crime waves, epidemics, economic and business collapses have all impacted on the propensity o...

Author: BEST Education Network 

Year: 2005 | Think Tank V 

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