Transformational Learning: Activism, empowerment and political agency in tourism education

University of Guelph, Canada, 4-7 June 2014

In keeping with TEFI’s mission to push boundaries, to think creatively and to inform and support tourism educators and students to transform the world for the better, in 2014 our theme was Transformational Learning: Activism, empowerment and political agency in tourism education”. This theme focused on the capacities of educators, students and higher education institutions to be the change we want to see in the world. Tourism has an enormous capacity to create a better world by tackling issues that matter, such as social justice, corporate social responsibility and sustainability. This conference aimed to harness the power of transformational learning to tackle these big issues and to tap into our own political agency as educators, students, and higher education institutions to effect positive change.  

University of Guelph was the host the eighth Tourism Education Futures Initiative Conference. The University of Guelph, home of Canada’s first hospitality and tourism degree, has a long established tradition of offering applied, experiential and flexible learning opportunities aimed at transforming students into mindful professionals. Our hosts were Professor Marion Joppe and Associate Professor Statia Elliot from Guelph’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.  As with previous TEFI conferences, this event openned up debate and broke down traditional divides: research-practice; teacher-student; university-‘real world’; business-community. Participants learned by example to be future-oriented and left inspired to be the leaders of tomorrow’s tourism education programs or industry.


Keynote speakers

Mr. Chris Castro, Co-founder (as a student at University of Central Florida) of I.D.E.A.S. For Us (Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions), a UN-accredited NGO:
"The Hive" - a workshop of concrete initiatives for making change happen

Professor Julia Christensen-Hughes, University of Guelph, Canada: 
Pedagogy, (Higher) Purpose and Practice: Views from a Dean and Educational Scholar

Associate Professor Tazim Jamal, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University:
Progressive service learning and destination justice: New directions for sustainable tourism pedagogy and transformative learning

More information about the keynote speakers here.

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors! University of Guelph, Canada

Thank you to our Silver Sponsors!  Lapland University Consortium and the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Temple University

Thank you to our Bronze Sponsors! Modul University and the Australian TLO Project

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