Tribe, John, Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
Welcome to Volume 10 Number 1 of JoHLSTE. I would like to start this editorial by welcoming Paul Barron to the editorial board of JoHLSTE. He takes over David Littlejohn's role as subject editor for the Hospitality part of the journal. In this edition there are eight academic papers, four practice papers, one research note and a section reviewing educational resources.
The first academic paper continues a thread that is developing in JoHLSTE related to problem-based learning and is titled Hospitality management students' conceptions about teaching and learning and their evaluation of tasks in problem-based learning. In this paper the authors Hans Otting and Wichard Zwaal from The Netherlands investigate if students with a constructivist or a traditional conception about teaching and learning prefer different types of problems. Their research shows that senior students endorse constructivist conceptions more strongly than first year students, but no significant differences could be detected between constructivists and traditionalists with regard to the preferred type of problems.
Assessing the value of using an online discussion board for engaging students is the title of the second academic paper by Julian Robinson from the UK. This paper presents the findings of a study that explores students' perceptions of the value of an online discussion board for group work. The study indicates that whilst the majority of students engaged with the online forum and found it valuable, a number of learners either did not engage with it or found it only of limited use. Robinson further discusses possible ways to encourage student engagement.
Jennie Small (Autstralia), Candice Harris (New Zealand), Erica Wilson, (Australia) and Irena Ateljevic (The Netherlands) are the co-authors of the third academic paper titled: Voices of women: A memory-work reflection on work-life dis/harmony in tourism academia. The authors note that while other disciplines have engaged with critiquing work-life balance, tourism studies has been slower in acknowledging and critically contesting the notion as it applies to the working lives of its academics. Their paper addresses this gap through collective memory-work of how four female tourism academics try to achieve work-life harmony and why it sometimes seems unattainable. In contrast to masculinist, neoliberalist values of academic performance, achievement and competitiveness, their gendered analysis reveals a preference for embodied, feminine values of caring, communion and union, or what the authors refer to as work-life harmony.
Introducing applied dissertations: Opportunities for industry connection in postgraduate study is the title of the fourth academic paper by Caroline Scarles, from the UK. Her paper explores the process of developing a model for applied dissertations in taught postgraduate tourism programmes. Scarles offers a number of key findings from her study: First, applied dissertations afford students the opportunity to engage in learning through and for work. Second, as learning demands the direct incorporation of external agents and knowledge, applied dissertations emerge as complex adaptive systems which set in motion a series of dynamic, fluid and complex interrelations. Finally, the paper explores the ways in which applied dissertations encourage students to become reflexive practitioners as they review and learn from their experiences.
Paper five in the academic section is titled Cross-cultural quality measurement of undergraduate hospitality, tourism and leisure programmes: Comparisons between Taiwan and the USA. The paper's authors are Jeou-Shyan Horng and Chih-Ching Teng from Taiwan who note as the rationale for their paper that cross-cultural comparisons of quality measurement for undergraduate hospitality, tourism and leisure programmes are rare. Their study provides evidence for cross-validation of the instrument developed by Horng, Teng and …
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Publication information: Article title: Editorial. Contributors: Tribe, John - Author. Journal title: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education. Volume: 10. Issue: 1 Publication date: April 2011. Page number: 1+. © OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY Apr 2010. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.