Tourism courses at the higher education level in Indonesia: the perspectives of the stakeholders

Ernawati, Diyah B., and Pearce, Philip L. (2003) Tourism courses at the higher education level in Indonesia: the perspectives of the stakeholders. Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism, 3 (2). pp. 1-18.

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Abstract

This article investigates the stakeholders' perspectives toward tourism courses at the higher education level in Indonesia. A multimethod, which combined two qualitative approaches, was utilised to obtain the data for the study. Sixty respondents from four stakeholder groups, including professionals, government personnel, educators and students, were interviewed to obtain their views on the current curricula of tourism education, approaches used, and the relevance of the course to careers in the tourism industry. Results indicated that most respondents believed a professionally based curriculum that focuses on accommodation and restaurant employment dominated the offerings. The majority of participants stated that fulfilling the needs of the industry and job availability were the justifications for the professionally based education. Tourism professionals maintained that the existing curriculum is appropriate for Indonesia as a developing country, whereas most educators and government officials suggested that the curriculum does not take into account the complexity of tourism's future management challenges. The findings also showed that most groups of respondents agreed that current Indonesian tourism education is mostly not serving the needs of the industry for managerial level skills.

Item ID: 6695
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Indonesia, tourism courses, tourism education, professionally and academically based education, stakeholder
ISSN: 1531-3239
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2010 22:46
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160513 Tourism Policy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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