ERIC Number: ED403947
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
University of Hawaii Leeward Community College, Exploring America's Communities. Progress Report.
Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Leeward Community Coll.
In 1996, Leeward Community College (Hawaii) participated in the American Association of Community Colleges' Exploring America's Communities project, which works to strengthen the teaching and learning of American history, literature, and culture at U.S. community colleges. Working as a team, faculty members examined the multi-cultural groups in the local communities by expanding the curriculum in two existing core courses: an American History course and an American Studies course. Videotaped co-curricular panel presentations and activities by community leaders and locally available experts supplemented perspectives presented in the classrooms. Each co-curricular session elucidated one of the goals of the project. Receptions held after the sessions set an informal tone for the audience and speakers to continue the discussion. Students followed up the session with in-class discussions and journal reactions to ensure a broad range of reflective responses. The line-up of sessions featured a strong agenda of speakers and qualified moderators. Topics included: (1) "Labor Unions and the Coalescence of Community: 1946 Sugar Strike"; (2) "What Hawaiian Sovereignty Means to Non-Hawaiians"; (3) "Localism and the Late Arrivals: The Samoan Community"; (4) "Rediscovery of Community: Old Pearl City Walking Tour"; and (5) "Post Modern Economic Change: Waipahu Bounces Back." A learning community seminar has been proposed to help institutionalize the project. Obstacles included a book that was too difficult for many of the students and a lack of publicity. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Leeward Community Coll.