Travel-induced learning: a validation of the sustainability insight scale

Michael L. Lengieza, Carter A. Hunt, Janet K. Swim

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With 2017 as the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and the role of tourism in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, ensuring that tourism be designed and managed for sustainability is more imperative than ever. Here we present the Sustainability Insight Scale (SIS), which offers scholars and practitioners a practical tool for assessing sustainability-specific learning. A strong link between travel and learning is well documented, and recent research documents positive links between travel and pro-environmental outcomes. Integrating these writings with scholarship on sustainability meta-competencies, we focus attention on four elements of sustainability insights: temporal thinking, interpersonal literacy, systems thinking, and personal connection to life on the planet. When acquired during travel, these insights are likely important precursors to post-trip pro-environmental behavioural change. With sustainable tourism on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the SIS will be of interest to tourism researchers, planners, and policy makers seeking to promote sustainability education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)938-941
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Issues in Tourism
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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