Sustainability in hospitality education: A conceptual viewpoint on situated learning

Gaurav Chawla

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    This conceptual paper focuses on sustainability education (SE) in hospitality management degree programmes. As sustainability is gaining global recognition as a prominent socio-economic agenda, it is increasingly finding its place in higher education also (Deale, Nichols and Jacques, 2009). The report discusses the
    complexity of teaching sustainability, as learning about sustainability is geared more towards changing attitudes and behaviours (Dale and Newman, 2005; Cotgrave and Kokkarinen, 2010), rather than acquiring skills and knowledge, per se. SE therefore is not consistent with traditional models of learning, teaching and assessment (LTA). With this reasoning, this paper argues that SE can only be effective if such agenda forms the context within which hospitality education is delivered. By extension, theory of situated learning (Lave and Wenger, 1991) is introduced to support the idea of sustainable campus (SC), effectively a learning laboratory, where learning of sustainability related matters is not confined to the classroom, but extends it to all aspects of the student learning. The preliminary findings, based on secondary research support the idea that hospitality management courses be located within the overall context of sustainability, with SC as the physical embodiment of such education.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Council for Hospitality Management Educators Annual Research Conference
    Subtitle of host publication Buxton (UK), May 28-31, 2014
    Place of PublicationBuxton (UK)
    PublisherUniversity of Derby
    ISBN (Print)9780901437754
    Publication statusPublished - May 2014
    Event23rd Council for Hospitality Management Research Conference - University of Derby, Buxton, United Kingdom
    Duration: 28 May 201430 May 2014


    Conference23rd Council for Hospitality Management Research Conference
    Abbreviated titleCHME 2014
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • sustainability education
    • situated learning
    • sustainable campus


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