Author : Erica Wilson, Tania von der Heidt, Geoffrey Lamberton & Dayle Morrison
School/Work Place : Southern Cross University, Australia
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Year : 2012

It is nearing the end of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) (United Nations, 2011), an awareness raising campaign which “seeks to mobilize the educational resources of the world to help create a more sustainable future” (no page). The core mission of this UN program is “to integrate the principles, values and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning. This educational effort will encourage changes in behaviour that will create a more sustainable future in terms of environmental integrity, economic viability and a just society for present and future generations” (UNESCO, 2012, no page). As outlined by Hunting and Tilbury (2005), Education for Sustainable Development, or Education for Sustainability (‘EfS’) as it is more commonly known in Australia, attempts to transgress education about sustainable development, to motivate, equip and involve individuals and social groups in reflection and in making informed decisions and ways of working towards a more sustainable world. Underscored by the principles of critical theory and critical thinking skills, EfS “aims to go beyond individual behavior change and seeks to engage and empower people to implement systematic changes” (von der Heidt & Lamberton 2011, p. 773).

Yet to what extent is EfS - and the incorporation of sustainable development principles - actually occurring in higher education institutions, in pedagogy and in the tourism curricula we teach? This paper aims to address this question through an empirical analysis of the first-year curriculum in the Bachelor of Business (including the B. Business in Tourism Management) at a regional university in Australia. In many universities around the world, including Australia, tourism schools are often housed within business or management departments or faculties, with tourism curricula located within a business paradigm. As the traditional business school model is focused on industry-ready graduates and ‘core’ business skills which reflect and emphasise the dominant economic growth paradigm (Dredge et al 2010; Springett 2005; Tribe 2003), trying to incorporate the holistic principles of EfS can present a challenge.

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30 Think Tank VII Innovation in Tourism Education: Building the Capacity... file 1865 Oct 13, 2013

This paper will present the findings of a recent Summit on the Future of Tourism Education held in April 2007 in Austria. The summit's goal is to identify future societal, economic, environmental, political and technological trends from 201...

Author: Pauline Sheldon 

Year: 2007 

29 Think Tank XII Virtual Mobilities and Sustainable Tourism: Virtual Fi... file 2707 Nov 06, 2013

Due to the financial constraints on the part of the educational institution as well as the student, offsetting the GHG emissions generated by the fieldtrip is often not regarded as financially feasible, or subject to doubts about the integri...

Author: Christian Schott 

Year: 2012 

28 Think Tank XI Sustainable Tourism Labels: A Suitable Tool for Consum... file 2780 Oct 14, 2013

In an attempt to encourage businesses making an effort to reduce the negative impacts of tourism, and to maximise the positive outcomes of this activity an extensive number of sustainable tourism labels were developed worldwide. It has been...

Author: Sofia Reino 

Year: 2011 

27 Think Tank VIII Education’s Impact on Cultural Distance Perception: Th... file 2879 Oct 13, 2013

As an international tourism destination, Turkey serves mostly European tourist markets due to her closeness to European markets. Turkey and Europe has a long shared history of relationships. However, Turkey and Turkish people have a rather b...

Author: Yasin Boylu, Asli D. A. Tasci & William C. Gartner 

Year: 2008 

26 Think Tank XI An introduction of the Global Sustainable Tourism Coun... file 2944 Oct 14, 2013

The purpose of this presentation is to introduce the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and Criteria, in an effort to encourage the Criteria as part of a framework for sustainable tourism education. The history of the GSTC and Criteria will...

Author: Kelly Bricker 

Year: 2011 

25 Think Tank XI Identifying Critical Issues in Designing Educational T... file 3102 Oct 14, 2013

Education is seen as an important way to contribute to development. The World Bank finances educational projects with large amounts of money every year because it is convinced that improving education can help alleviate poverty by raising i...

Author: Kerstin Freudenthaler & Anja Hergesell 

Year: 2011 

24 Think Tank XII The Way Forward: Event Management Education and the Fu... file 3104 Nov 06, 2013

The 2011 BESTEN Think Tank XI highlighted a number of issues and themes related to education and learning for sustainable tourism. The themes addressed issues such as learning tools for sustainability, sustainability courses and curricula an...

Author: Olga Junek, Leonie Lockstone-Binney & Martin Robertson 

Year: 2012 

23 Think Tank XII Mobile Learning for Sustainable Tourism Development: T... file 3436 Nov 06, 2013

This paper examines how mobility in higher tourism education may contribute to a dynamic leaning environment capable of integrating transnational and intercultural learning for sustainable tourism development. Central to this is the opening ...

Author: Janne J. Liburd 

Year: 2012 

22 Think Tank VI Service Learning in Tourism Educational Programs – A S... file 3459 Oct 13, 2013

A problem in developing new tourism markets remains how to resource them from an existing employment base. Key questions arising are: Do current tourism enterprises have the existing skills to move into these new markets for sustainable tour...

Author: Susan Anita Briggs 

Year: 2006 

21 Think Tank IX The Role of Values in Sustainable Tourism Education file 3736 Oct 13, 2013

This presentation discusses the role of values in the context of sustainable tourism education. However, it does not seek to engage in the debate about the definition of Sustainable Tourism nor the differences between this concept and Sustai...

Author: Christian Schott 

Year: 2009 

20 Think Tank VIII Integrating Sustainability into Tourism Education and ... file 4298 Oct 13, 2013

The focus of this paper is to provide an overview of the current sustainability content in Irish tourism programmes and the identification of key trends in this regard. It is based on extensive research of secondary and tertiary education s...

Author: Jane Stacey, Sheila Flanagan, Kevin Griffin & Anna Tottle 

Year: 2008 

19 Think Tank X Sustainability: What Matters to Students, Educators, a... file 4823 Oct 13, 2013

As climate change gains global attention from events like the summit in Copenhagen held during December of 2009, the need for sustainable tourism is more important than ever; with comprehensive education in sustainability concepts and practi...

Author: Cynthia S. Deale & Nelson Barber 

Year: 2010 

18 Think Tank XIV A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective on Sustainable Tourism... file 4887 Jun 26, 2014

In this study, I take up the task to work towards a theoretical and methodological framework that allows using sustainability as a threshold concept for critically evaluating the assumptions embedded in both tourism management theory and pra...

Author: José-Carlos García-Rosell 

Year: 2014 

17 Think Tank XI Environmental Attitudes of Generation Y Students: Foun... file 4968 Oct 14, 2013

Sustainability has long been a theme in the tourism research and planning literature and is a growing concern in the wider area of business and corporate management. Consequent to these trends in practice and research there has been a growt...

Author: Pierre Benckendorff, Gianna Moscardo & Laurie Murphy 

Year: 2011 

16 Think Tank XI Learning Network Sustainable Tourism (LNST) for Touris... file 4990 Oct 14, 2013

Since 2002 the Flemish Tourism Board, the executive agency of the Flemish Ministry of Tourism, has implemented different actions to introduce the principles of sustainable tourism into tourism education in Flanders. The general objective is...

Author: Griet Geudens & Manuel Minne 

Year: 2011 

15 Think Tank IX Valuing Open Innovation Environments in Tourism Educat... file 5134 Oct 13, 2013

The world has changed tremendously since the publication of Our Common Future by the World Commission for Environment and Development (1987), which elevated the concept of sustainable development from grassroots initiatives to the forefront...

Author: Janne Liburd & Anne-Mette Hjalager 

Year: 2009 

14 Think Tank V Tourism Education for Cambodia: A Case Study of its Fi... file 5968 Oct 13, 2013

This paper details the development, delivery and outcomes of a Masters course in Tourism Development that was delivered by the Royal University of Phnom Penh, with the assistance and support of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and t...

Author: Ravi Ravinder 

Year: 2005 

» Think Tank XII Are We Moving Towards Education for Sustainability? A ... file 6311 Nov 06, 2013

It is nearing the end of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) (United Nations, 2011), an awareness raising campaign which “seeks to mobilize the educational resources of the world to help create a mo...

Author: Erica Wilson, Tania von der Heidt, Geoffrey Lamberton & Dayle Morrison 

Year: 2012 

12 Think Tank XIV Values in Tourism Higher Education: the Case of Europe... file 6395 Jun 26, 2014

The primary rationale for embedding values-based learning in tourism higher education is to engage students’ learning-to-learn and learning-to-be, rather than simply learning about a topic, such as tourism management or sustainability (Libur...

Author: Tanja Mihalič, Janne J. Liburd & Jaume Guia 

Year: 2014 

11 Think Tank VIII Environmental Education and Ecotourism: A Case Study o... file 6622 Oct 13, 2013

In this paper we take the standpoint that environmental education and ecotourism are highly related and depend on each other, and that ecotourism cannot be achieved without proper environmental education. Furthermore, in order to achieve qu...

Author: Mojca Arsenijevic & Marko Bohanec 

Year: 2008