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Queering Tourism Curriculum in Higher Education: A Research Proposal

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posted on 2023-12-01, 01:23 authored by Oskaras Vorobjovas-PintaOskaras Vorobjovas-Pinta

Queer pedagogy aims to disrupt curricula of heteronormativity and to develop classroom environments and experiences that create safety for queer participants across intersectionalities of race, gender, and sexuality (Chapman & Gedro, 2009).


Extant research suggests that diversity within the curriculum may promote a wide range of educational outcomes, such as the development of critical and active thinking skills, intellectual engagement, and citizenship engagement (Gurin & Nagda, 2006; Graham & MacFarlane, 2021). As such, planning, designing, and implementing a curriculum that is inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI+) people has the potential to enable an inclusive and equitable learning environment. Furthermore, the inclusion of queer curriculum may lead to improved perceptions of future employment (Baquet, Marasco, & Hill, 2021).


The proposed research project is built around three overarching questions:

To what degree does current curriculum within higher education integrate the perspectives, experiences and knowledge of LGBTQI+ people? What is the need and the perceived benefit of queer curriculum within higher education from the perspective of LGBTQI+ students? Do LGBTQI+ students foresee that their gender/sexual identity will impact their future employment in the tourism, hospitality, and events industry?


This research aims to adopt a multiple-case study approach. It will explore the research questions in the context of the tourism, hospitality, and events programmes offered at Australian Universities. Data will be gathered from LGBTQI+ identifying students currently enrolled within the aforementioned study programmes or who completed their studies in the past 12 months.



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