The teaching of industrial and other sociologies in higher education: the case of hotel and catering management studies

J. John Lennon, Roy C. Wood

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This paper reports a study of the teaching of sociological subjects on vocational degree courses in hotel and catering management. Drawing on earlier analyses of sociological education on management courses in Britain, a typology of teaching styles is described with particular reference to the ideological content of social studies components on hotel and catering management degrees. The findings of the study clearly indicate not only the intellectual dilution of social scientific knowledge on such courses but a growing tendency to employ teachers und lecturers without (or with a minimum) of social scientific training. These trends have clear implications for the perception by students and wider audiences of the nature and quality of sociological study, and raise questions about the future potential for career opportunities in an area of higher education (management studies) that has provided substantial employment for sociologists in the past.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-253
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1992

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  • teaching higher education
  • industrial sociology
  • teacher training
  • sociology

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