Transformative Sustainability Education in a Shipboard Living-Learning Community1
Mark A. White, Daniel C. Abel, Amy W. Predmore Abstract Purpose: This paper describes a successful sustainability-oriented living-learning community in a unique shipboard environment. Design/methodology/approach: A sustainability-themed voyage of Semester at Sea used an integrated curricular and co-curricular approach to impart know- ledge and understanding of sustainability concepts and to foster positive attitu- dinal and behavioral change in members of the shipboard community. Findings: Students’ awareness and understanding of sustainability-related chal- lenges and opportunities increased as a result of classes and activities on the ship and in the various ports visited while circumnavigating the globe. Originality/value: The educational activities and transformative sustainability learning (TSL) approach used on this voyage can serve as a model for similar integrated learning experiences on land-based campuses, or in comparable pro- grams of smaller scale. Living-learning communities can positively impact envi- ronmental attitudes and behaviors. 1 The authors thank University of Virginia administrators Leigh Grossman, Milton Adams, Dudley Doane, Carl Zeithaml, and Gowher Rizvi for their support of the Semester at Sea program. We thank Jill Wright, Adam Seid, Mike Zoll, Sal Moschella, Rosalyn Berne, Les McCabe, Kristen Kamman, Michelle Hurst, Debbie Rodday, Joyce Holleran, Tonquise Jabari and Lauren Heinz from the Institute for Shipboard Education for their exceptional work arranging and coordinating pro- gram logistics. It would have been impossible to have achieved the success we did without the sup- port of the other members of the voyage administrative team, Loren Crabtree, Denise Barlow, Cindy Zomchek, Becca Rowland and Don Gogniat, and we are...
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