Shaping global citizens: a case for restructuring higher education tourism curricula

Richards, S.-A., 2021. Shaping global citizens: a case for restructuring higher education tourism curricula. EdD, Nottingham Trent University.

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This thesis seeks to provide a case for the restructuring of higher education tourism curricula. It is constructed on the hypothesis that Higher Education tourism curricula should be an essential contributor to the shaping of students’ social identities. It argues in support of the reimagining of tourism education with the aim of equipping students for the challenges of globalisation, internationalisation, and global citizenship. This reimagining and restructuring are premised on the notion that contemporary tourism education is not fit for purpose due primarily to the opaqueness surrounding tourism curricula ipse/idem positions.

Through case studies and data triangulation, the research makes the case that contemporary tourism curricula should be developing graduates with a global citizenship identity, who can think as citizens of the world rather than simply a local region or specific political or cultural grouping. The findings propose a collective global identity and possible curriculum prototypes that can achieve that collective social identity.

Issues of representation and generalisation, manifested in the parochial nature of the case studies, are the study’s significant limitations. Three London universities were used as cases with small samples of their students participating in online focus group discussions and senior lecturers in online interviews. Future work could focus on international perspectives not evident in this study to draw possible comparisons.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Richards, S.-A.
Sood, K.Thesis
Date: 2021
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Institute of Education
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 12 Dec 2023 15:55
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2023 15:55

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