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GARDENS AS EDUCATIONAL TOOLS IN URBAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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Material Information

Title:
GARDENS AS EDUCATIONAL TOOLS IN URBAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Physical Description:
Book
Language:
English
Creator:
Wheat, Michelle Diane
Publisher:
New College of Florida
Place of Publication:
Sarasota, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Bachelor's ( B.A.)
Degree Grantor:
New College of Florida
Area of Concentration:
General Studies
Faculty Sponsor:
Henckell, Karsten

Subjects

Genre:
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, territorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
bibliography   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
Urban public school education has become increasingly decontextualized from the natural world over time. This causes a division within students that impacts how they learn, what they learn, and their mental health. Children's knowledge is increasingly devoid of environmental awareness. In addition ADHD, depression, and obesity have been linked to this separation. These problems are exacerbated by a culture of standardized tests motivated by financial concerns, and the gearing of education toward career preparation. Children learn to fear nature and reap none of the benefits that immersion in nature can foster. School gardens, especially in urban areas, can provide a practical bridge between students and nature. They enhance the curriculum by providing occasions for hands-on learning and complex sensory immersion. They affect children on deeper levels as well, by fostering a sense of wonder, community, and lifelong concern for the environment. These assertions are explored in four cases studies: 'The Edible Peace Patch Project' at Lakewood Elementary School in St. Petersburg, Florida, 'Grow to Learn' in New York City, 'The Edible Schoolyard Project' in Berkeley, California, and my own 'Orange Blossom Community Garden Project' in Sarasota, Florida.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Michelle Diane Wheat
Thesis:
Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2014
General Note:
RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
General Note:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
General Note:
Faculty Sponsor: Henckell, Karsten

Record Information

Source Institution:
New College of Florida
Holding Location:
New College of Florida
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
S.T. 2014 W5
System ID:
AA00024831:00001

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