Learning Experiences from a School Gardening Project in Sweden

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Publication Conference Poster
Title Learning Experiences from a School Gardening Project in Sweden
Author Rehn, Agneta ; Sonesson, Kerstin
Date 2018
English abstract
We followed a project, focusing on the meaning of education in the extended classroom to teachers and students, in order to increase our knowledge on pedagogical cultivation. The principal and the teachers were interviewed three times during the school year, and 85 students in grades 6-7 responded to a questionnaire at the beginning and the end of the school year 2012/2013. The school ground activities were mainly practical tasks like designing and constructing culture beds, collecting fruits to use in the home economics class, cutting shrubs, and planting berry bushes. The teachers’ focus was on doing, not learning. However, the teachers stated that the activities emanated from the syllabus and agreed on a strong connection between the project and environmental issues regarding food production, e.g. farm to table. They had many ideas on how to connect the practical work to various theoretical subject areas, theory to practice. At the end of the first school year, we asked the students if they like doing practical work at school. Most said yes, but more than half the students disliked outdoor teaching in the school garden. Most students agreed that they are able to use all senses while working outdoors, but more than half stated that it was not fun working outdoors with the gardening project. When asked if they learn science better outdoors than indoors, more than half disagreed. They also did not believe they learned other school subjects better when they are being taught outdoors in the school garden. We analysed the discrepancy between the aims of the teachers and the experiences of the learners and found a lack of communication on the didactical questions; why, how, what and where. There was also a need of distinct support from the principal, training on combining classroom and outdoor teaching, and transdisciplinary education.
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IOSTE Conference (13-17 August 2018 : Malmö, Sweden)
Language eng (iso)
Subject outdoor teaching
school garden
learning experiences
secondary school
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/26111 Permalink to this page
Link https://ioste2018.weebly.com... (external link to related web page)
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