Commitment to Sustainable Development in Higher Education Tourism Curriculum

Document Type : Scientific - Research


1 PhD Student of Educational Planning, Department of Educational Administration and Planning, Faculty of Education and Psychology, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran

2 Associate Professor, Department of Educational Administration and Planning, Faculty of Education and Psychology, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran


Objective: Training the next generation of the tourism industry's human resources is vital for sustainability. Therefore, higher education should provide education and skill programs for tourism students with the aim of sustainability and create learning opportunities on real-life projects that provide the necessary skills and expertise for a more sustainable world. The purpose of this study was to investigate how to use the approach of sustainable tourism development in the design of higher education curricula.g
Materials and Methods: The research method was applied in objective and qualitative data collection and theoretical research methods. For this purpose, the basic concepts and components of the logic of curriculum design were extracted according to the approach of Sustainable Development and attention to the positions of Social Constructivist Learning theory and educational perspective based on Critical theory. Finally, the characteristics of curriculum elements related to sustainable tourism were identified, and the desired framework was designed. The Delphi method was used to validate the sustainable tourism curriculum design model and the validity of the model was checked and confirmed by experts.a
Result and Discussion: The results obtained indicate that the commitment to a sustainable development approach in the field of the curriculum involves a range of comprehensive expertise in the field of tourism that is not easily adapted to the current educational framework. Therefore, paying attention to the commitment to the sustainable development approach in the tourism curriculum could provide the basis for redesigning the curriculum according to the basic assumptions of the sustainable development approach; it would also create opportunities and innovation in learning, learning outcomes, and student readiness. Understanding the concept of sustainability would also help tourism professors and students to evaluate and improve their curriculum concerning sustainable tourism education.e


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