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Author : Erica Wilson, Tania von der Heidt, Geoffrey Lamberton & Dayle Morrison
School/Work Place : Southern Cross University, Australia
Contact : erica.wilson@scu.edu.au
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.


List of Articles
No. Subject Views Datesort
10 Think Tank XI An introduction of the Global Sustainable Tourism Coun... file 2834 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 

9 Think Tank XI Environmental Attitudes of Generation Y Students: Foun... file 4858 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 

8 Think Tank XII The Way Forward: Event Management Education and the Fu... file 2846 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 

7 Think Tank XII Mobile Learning for Sustainable Tourism Development: T... file 3319 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 

6 Think Tank XII Virtual Mobilities and Sustainable Tourism: Virtual Fi... file 2614 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 

» Think Tank XII Are We Moving Towards Education for Sustainability? A ... file 6191 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 

4 Think Tank XI Broad Street Regeneration Initiative: Practical Sustai... file 15526 Dec 19, 2013

Professors of tourism management teach principles of sustainable tourism to students in the classroom. Practitioners teach by implementing sustainable tourism principles in community. The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council (Tourism Council) i...

Author: Robert Billington, Natalie Carter, Caitlin Amos & Myles Ellison 

Year: 2011 

3 Think Tank XIV A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective on Sustainable Tourism... file 4107 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 

2 Think Tank XIV Values in Tourism Higher Education: the Case of Europe... file 5807 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 

1 Think Tank XIV Tourism Development as Greek Tragedy: Implications for... file 21445 Jun 26, 2014

Although tourism has been used as a development strategy in many parts of the world for several decades, there is little evidence that it is an effective tool for improving the wellbeing of destination communities. It is not uncommon to find...

Author: Gianna Moscardo, Anna Blackman & Laurie Murphy 

Year: 2014 

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