This thread is to offer a critical analysis of the tourism curriculum. It initially
discusses definitions of curriculum by reference to a number of studies on the subject and
introduces the idea that any curriculum involves framing in curriculum space. Hence, the
notions of choice and contestability are introduced.
Since a curriculum involves choice of what knowledge is to be included and knowledge
itself represents a particular way of looking at a target phenomenon it is important next to
understand the relationship between tourism knowledge and the curriculum.
Having done this some basic principles of curriculum design are considered before
introducing and evaluating a number of curriculum proposals that have been proffered for
tourism. Finally, a number of theorists are assembled to offer a more deep critique of curriculum
emphasising the role of ideology in their construction.
The issue that arises throughout the thread is that of the schisms that exist in each of
the areas of tourism, knowledge and the curriculum. On the one hand, tourism, knowledge
and the curriculum may be bounded by a business and vocationalist view of things. On the
other, tourism education may be seen as a quest for understanding and acting in a more
widely drawn complex world of tourism.
[ by Tourism at 3-7-2009 06:33 edited ]