Developing student engagement in China through collaborative action research

Michael O'Regan, Jaeyeon Choe

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As its market and society open up, China has transformed itself from a closed agrarian socialist economy to an urban state and an economic force. This has released accumulated tourism demand, led to the development of a diversified industry, and the spread of university and vocational courses in this field. However, the industry faces challenges to recruit and retain staff, with tourism education in higher education blamed for the shortfall in numbers and quality of candidates with suitable purpose, knowledge, and passion to serve. This chapter provides a background to the development of and problems facing tourism education in China, and suggests how to support student engagement and hence the future workforce.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTourism Education: Global Issues and Trends
EditorsPauline J. Sheldon, Cathy H. C. Hsu
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781783509980
ISBN (Print)9781783509973
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2015

Publication series

NameTourism Social Science Series
ISSN (Print)1571-5043


  • China
  • collaborative action research
  • education
  • student engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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