7     Critical thinking in the tourismcurriculum

Teresa Leopold

Introduction

It is tempting to dive straight into discussing the complexity of critical thinking, however this would be to ignore the argument, which initiated my journey to critical thinking – the ongoing search for finding a balanced tourism curriculum, which is informed by tourism management theory but also social science approaches to tourism. This is not as easy as it might seem, as curriculum development is dynamic and complex and is underlined not only by pedagogic but also political reasoning. Curricula develop in the, often, neoliberalist managerial structures that many universities have come to adopt. The neoliberal drive and search for increased social and economic productivity ...

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