Linking Action Research and PBL. A Mexican case of co-creation

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This paper suggests innovative tools for creating teaching methods. We are inspired by action research methods about how to bring societal challenges into the curriculum of higher education of tourism. How can we, as responsible educators and researchers, support our students in being not only critical thinkers but being able to position themselves as social agents of change? Our method is to push them (as well as ourselves) towards engaging actively in societal challenges rather than only provide critical analysis from a distance, i.e. within the walls of a university.

The paper seeks to encourage undertaking a more open and sustained exchange of ideas on how teaching critical thinking and creativity can be conducted at present-day universities. We acknowledge universities and our role as facilitators as vital sites of socially activism-oriented engagements. This is aligned with the goal of quality in higher education in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) no 4, in which qualitative education is encouraged. Our paper explores how 18 Master students at ‘Tourism Studies’ at Aalborg University, campus Copenhagen (Denmark), co-create new spaces together with local Mexicans and indigenous peoples in Tulum (Mexico), including local authorities, whom all have an interest in turning cenotes/sinkholes, an existing tourism asset, into a sustainable tourism product.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducate for the future : PBL, Sustainability and Digitalisation 2020
EditorsAida Guerra, Anette Kolmos, Juebei Chen, Maiken Winther
Number of pages9
PublisherAalborg Universitetsforlag
Publication date2020
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-7210-313-6
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventIRSPBL 2020: Educate for the Future: PBL, Sustainability and Digitalisation - Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 16 Aug 202021 Aug 2020


ConferenceIRSPBL 2020: Educate for the Future: PBL, Sustainability and Digitalisation
LocationAalborg University
Internet address
SeriesInternational Research Symposium on PBL

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  • Action Research
  • Problem Based Learning
  • students
  • Mexico
  • employability
  • innovation
  • co-creation
  • field work


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