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Innovation in Hospitality Education

Anticipating the Educational Needs of a Changing Profession

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  • Is written by authors affiliated with prestigious international hotel schools
  • Reflects on the future of hospitality education at a crucial time in its history
  • Is relevant to the ongoing debate among universities on practical curriculum elements

Part of the book series: Innovation and Change in Professional Education (ICPE, volume 14)

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Redefining the Hospitality Curriculum

  2. Design of the Hospitality Curriculum

  3. Lifelong Learning


About this book

This book analyses the development of hospitality education from vocational to higher education, and discusses the positioning of hotel schools. It addresses questions such as: Should hospitality management become part of generic business education? Are the technical training programmes that have defined the identity of these schools a remnant of their vocational past, or have they contributed to the successful careers of many hospitality graduates? Topics discussed in the book are curriculum innovation, the theory of experimentation, the nature of hospitable behaviour, information technology, life-long learning and developments for future curricula. The book makes clear that the debate on the balance between theory and practice will not only define the future of hospitality management education, but can also be considered a relevant case study in other business disciplines.

The history of hospitality education goes back to the end of the nineteenth and early twentiethcentury when hotel schools were founded to train the protocol and technical skills required to receive the travellers of those days. Since then, the scale and complexity of the hospitality industry and its professions have changed, as well as our understanding of what makes a business —whether it offers accommodation or something else— “hospitable”.  The scope and educational level of hotel schools have evolved accordingly, and hospitality management has become a popular discipline in the traditional and renowned hotel schools as well as in universities. 

Editors and Affiliations

  • Research Centre, Hotelschool The Hague, The Hague, The Netherlands

    Jeroen A. Oskam, Daphne M. Dekker, Karoline Wiegerink

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Innovation in Hospitality Education

  • Book Subtitle: Anticipating the Educational Needs of a Changing Profession

  • Editors: Jeroen A. Oskam, Daphne M. Dekker, Karoline Wiegerink

  • Series Title: Innovation and Change in Professional Education

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing AG 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-61378-9Published: 19 September 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-87067-0Published: 22 June 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-61379-6Published: 06 September 2017

  • Series ISSN: 1572-1957

  • Series E-ISSN: 2542-9957

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVI, 232

  • Number of Illustrations: 35 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Professional & Vocational Education, Management Education, Higher Education, Curriculum Studies

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