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

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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.

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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).

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