Tribe, John, Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
I would like to start this editorial by recording that for the first time JoHLSTE has been admitted to the journals' ratings list published by the UK ABS (Association of Business Schools). This builds upon another recent milestone when JoHLSTE was added to the Thomson Reuters Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI). It represents a further marker of external recognition of its quality and its establishment as the leading journal in its specialist field.
Moving to the content of this edition, it is over 20 years since Donald Schön (1987) introduced the concept of reflective practice to the educational community. Schön's interest was the relationship between theory and practice in professional contexts. The major problem confronted by him was that theory tended to be clean, abstract and operated at a generalised level whereas practice was complex, often presented new cases and was inherently messy. Whilst unthinking practitioners might follow the rules of theory, reflective practitioners would reflect on and in practice. That is to say they would generate a constant dialectic between theory and practice, and in doing so develop professional artistry. In a sense this journal offers a rolling record of reflective practice in the areas of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism education. The academic papers provide a platform for the advancement of theory whilst the practice papers offer examples of practical issues faced by educators in the field but in fact there is often considerable overlap between the theory and practice parts of the journal. One of the important outcomes of this journal ought to be to encourage greater reflective practice by academics. Through the journal, academics facing similar issues can share experiences, add to existing theoretical knowledge in the field, and thereby develop and share a community of practice.
In this edition of JoHLSTE there is a perspective, five academic papers, four practice papers and a section on educational resources. A range of issues are covered but the key themes that emerge for reflection are quality and the student experience.
In the perspective, Chris Rust confronts the quality-related bombshell that burst over UK higher education in the form of The Burgess Report (2007). This report offered a serious challenge to the core currency of higher education - the degree classification system - finding it unfit for purpose. At the heart of this matter are the issues of standards and comparability between subject areas and institutions This is a fundamental issue for both higher education in general and HLST subjects because any perceived diminution or variation of the quality of degrees will have an impact on the international standing of UK higher education. Rust sees a potential role for Subject Networks in tackling this issue. He suggests a pilot exercise where markers from HLST subjects from a range of institutions would get together to share and discuss their marks, and the standards that underpinned their decisions.
The issue of quality is also addressed by Jeou-Shyan Horng, Chih-Ching Teng and Tom Baum in an academic paper titled Evaluating the Quality of Undergraduate Hospitality, Tourism, and Leisure Programmes. In their study, which was carried out in Taiwan, the authors developed an instrument for measuring the quality of undergraduate programmes in hospitality, tourism and leisure. The study used total quality management and context-inputprocess- product perspectives to develop their framework and their methods included documentary analysis, focus groups and a comprehensive survey. The research found that the six standards that were most important were those of: curriculum and instruction; faculty; strategic planning; administrative management; student achievements; and resources.
One of the quality issues raised by the UK National Student Satisfaction Survey (NSSS) is that of feedback where students are not always as satisfied …
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Publication information: Article title: Editorial. Contributors: Tribe, John - Author. Journal title: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education. Volume: 8. Issue: 1 Publication date: April 2009. Page number: 1+. © OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY Apr 2010. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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