Cooperative Education and Sustainability: Students Making a Difference

By Kenneth Johnson.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Education

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This paper describes the activities of students enrolled in a cooperative education course, SCI 193V, that focused on sustainability at Honolulu Community College. The class demonstrated how cooperative education can be a powerful method of instruction to promote sustainability and enable students to achieve their academic and professional goals. In addition, the college and community benefited. The students enrolled in SCI 193V gained a significant amount of knowledge and skills related to sustainability, interpersonal relations in a multiethnic community, and communication skills. They achieved a level of deep learning through a project-based curriculum that required them to synthesize disparate information, formulate and test hypotheses, demonstrate principles, communicate to the stakeholders, and formulate holistic conclusions. The success of this course sets the stage for potential application to larger scale curricular reform.

Keywords: Cooperative Education, Field Experience, Students, Energy Assessment

The International Journal of Sustainability Education, Volume 9, Issue 3, April 2014, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 17, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 576.040KB)).

Dr. Kenneth Johnson

Professor Emeritus, Transportation and Trades Division, Honolulu Community College, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Dr. Johnson has taught classes in cooperative education, sustainability, counseling and guidance, ergonomics, wellness and fitness, and holistic health at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has conducted innovative research in vocational rehabilitation counseling and guidance, cooperative education, ergonomics, occupational safety, and stress management. He has also served on system-wide committees in the areas of career and technical education, career pathways, sustainability, and initiated development of an alternative pathway for certification of career and technical education teachers in the Hawaii Department of Education. He is currently a lecturer and consultant for the University of Hawaii system.