The School Garden as a Learning Object and Leaning Space in Primary Schools


This presentation outlines the changing discourses on the garden as a learning object as well as a learning space in urban and rural schools in Scandinavia. Based on observations and interviews with different stakeholders it is understood, that Outdoor Education provides a meaningful multidisciplinary and multisensory learning space. The students learn to cope with issues like sustainability, innovation and social justice as situated learning. The main focus in the presentation will be on the interplay between the student experience and reflection. In the garden students learn to grow and care for vegetables in an organic and sustainable way, and to understand the process according to their own capabilities. Relating scientific knowledge and social justice to everyday life in a systematic way is understood as the core of garden based learning. The added value can be knowledge on community development in a democratic society. Inclusion of children with special needs like ADHD, dyslexia, speech and language difficulties, mobility disabilities, in a local mainstream school has become a challenge. Gardening can be part of the solution for children with special needs. Learning can be facilitated by solving real problems in an appropriate location.

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Britt Due Tiemensma, University College Zealand, Denmark

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Conference: ACE2015
Stream: Education for sustainable development

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