Learning Gardens and Sustainability Education

ISBN-10: 0415899826
ISBN-13: 9780415899826
Edition: 2012
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 12/16/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 238
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Offering a fresh approach to bringing life to schools and schools to life, this book goes beyond touting the benefits of learning gardens to survey them as a whole-systems design solution with potential to address myriad interrelated social, ecological, and educational issues. The authors creatively place soil at the center of the discourse on sustainability education and learning gardens design and pedagogy. Seven attributes from the metaphor of living soil are presented as a guide: Cultivating a sense of place; Fostering curiosity and wonder; Discovering rhythm and scale; Valuing biocultural diversity; Embracing practical experience; Nurturing interconnectedness; Awakening the senses. The living soil of learning gardens forms the basis of a new metaphoric language serving to contest dominant efficiency and accountability metaphors presently influencing educational discourse. Examples from urban schools and from students, teachers, and school leaders provide practical understanding of how bringing life to schools can indeed bring schools to life.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Learning Gardens, Living Soil, and Sustainability Education
Introduction: Modern Imperatives for Life and Learning
Learning Gardens and Life's Lessons
Living Soil as Metaphorical Construct for Education
Learning Gardens Principles Linking Pedagogy and Pedology
Cultivating a Sense of Place
Fostering Curiosity and Wonder
Discovering Rhythm and Scale
Valuing Biocultural Diversity
Embracing Practical Experience
Nurturing Interconnectedness
Awakening the Senses
Practice Comes Alive from the Ground up
Teacher, Principal, and Superintendent Perspectives
Moving Forward
Epilogue
Appendix: Selected Resources and Programs
Bibliography
Index

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