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Title: The development and evaluation of a sustainable tourism module addressed to student hotel managers
Other Titles: Teaching education for sustainable development at university level
Authors: Mifsud, Mark C.
Keywords: Hotelkeepers
Hotels -- Employees
Sustainable tourism -- Malta
Curriculum planning
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Mifsud, M. C. (2015). The development and evaluation of a sustainable tourism module addressed to student hotel managers. In W. Leal Filho & P. Pace (Eds.), Teaching education for sustainable development at university level (pp. 327-339). Cham: Springer.
Abstract: The study is an evaluation of a module addressed to student hotel managers entitled-'Sustainable Tourism'. The module was carried out through a face to face teaching environment and in the field with student hotel managers. The main aim of the module was to improve the environmental knowledge and technical abilities of hotel managers and increase their awareness on sustainable development and its application in the tourism industry. The study involved the use of a mixed method approach. The qualitative data was supplied through the use of a number of open ended questions in which the students could write down their feelings and opinions, while a questionnaire with a number of close ended questions supplied quantitative data. The research also utilized a number of sessions in which the participants had to come up with a thematic project that focused on evaluating the current sustainability of a hotel and formulating a strategic plan to move the hotel towards improved sustainability. The research identifies a number of areas in which the module was very effective (such as in the fieldwork) while it also highlights a number of areas which require improvement (less scientific verbiage). Overall, the module was found to be very effective in increasing the knowledge, awareness and attitudes of the students towards sustainable hotel management in the Maltese Islands. The individual project was seen as being highly effective in nurturing the skills required by student managers in order to properly guide the industry towards sustainability. The study proposes changes to the curriculum, in the pedagogy and methodology so as to increase the effectiveness of the module in developing tourism managers which are not only knowledgeable and aware of sustainability and its application in the industry, but which are also able of positively influencing the knowledge, attitudes and behavior of tourists and staff towards the environment.
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