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Abstract: Tourism as an academic field is at a generational crossroad. The founders are retiring and being succeeded by a new generation of scholars often with tourism focussed undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. This new generation could be labelled Generation T and is characterised by a multidisciplinary education associated with a broad field of study. This generation is commonly considered to lack the advantages of a specific discipline focussed education in terms of theoretical and methodological foundations. Theoretical and methodological development in tourism however will become a primary responsibility of this new generation and there is uncertainty about how Generation T could contribute constructively to this development. This paper outlines the potential of Generation T to contribute to the evolution of tourism studies through the development of tourism theory and adoption of mixed methodological perspectives.

To cite this article: Filep, Sebastian; Hughes, Michael and Wheeler, Fiona. Evolution of Tourism Studies: Developing Generation T Knowledge [online]. In: Gross, Michael J (Editor). CAUTHE 2011: National Conference: Tourism : Creating a Brilliant Blend. Adelaide, S.A.: University of South Australia. School of Management, 2011: 1064-1068. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=913668726794196;res=IELBUS> ISBN: 9780987050700. [cited 01 Jul 16].

Personal Author: Filep, Sebastian; Hughes, Michael; Wheeler, Fiona; Source: In: Gross, Michael J (Editor). CAUTHE 2011: National Conference: Tourism : Creating a Brilliant Blend. Adelaide, S.A.: University of South Australia. School of Management, 2011: 1064-1068. Document Type: Conference Paper, Research ISBN: 9780987050700 Subject: Scholars; Tourism; Tourism--Research; Tourism--Study and teaching; Research--Methodology; History; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Research Fellow, Centre for Tourism and Services Research, Victoria University, PO Box 14428, Melbourne Vic 8001, Australia, email: sebastian.filep@vu.edu.au, tel: +61 3 9919 4911
(2) Senior Research Fellow, Curtin Business School, Curtin University of Technology, GPO Box U1987, Perth WA 6845, email: m.hughes@curtin.edu.au, tel: +61 8 9266 2123
(3) Researcher, Monash Tourism Research Unit, Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, PO Box 1071, Narre Warren VIC 3805, Australia, email: fiona.wheeler@monash.edu, tel: 0415 507 850

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