Title

Sustainable tourism pedagogy and academic-community collaboration: a progressive service-learning approach

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Jamal, T, Taillon, J & Dredge, D 2011, 'Sustainable tourism pedagogy and academic-community collaboration: a progressive service-learning approach', Tourism and Hospitality Research, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 133-147.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/thr.2011.3

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

This article proposes a progressive, experiential and collaborative approach to sustainable tourism pedagogy (STP). Six core STP literacies (technical, analytical, ecological, multi-cultural, ethical, policy and political) are identifi ed, which guide skill and knowledge development for the sustainability practitioner . These are facilitated through experiential education in the fi eld that facilitates critical thinking, practical knowledge and participatory action. It is argued that a critical refl exive stance combined with a collaborative community service-learning approach in STP enables phronesis (practical wisdom) and praxis (social change). A case example is provided of an academic-community collaboration involving undergraduate students, local public and private sector stakeholders, plus diverse rural residents that came together temporarily to explore a cultural heritage issue and challenge. This collaboration facilitated collaborative learning , diverse community involvement and community service. The case overview illustrates a teaching opportunity that conveys how some of these STP priorities were undertaken, including the need for critical social action (to address not only environmental issues but also social-cultural sustainability issues related to the well-being of minority, marginalized and diverse populations).