Learning Gardens and Sustainability Education

Bringing Life to Schools and Schools to Life

By Dilafruz Williams, Jonathan Brown

© 2012 – Routledge

222 pages

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About the Book

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 theoretical and conceptual framework presented creatively places soil at the center of the discourse on sustainability education and learning garden design and pedagogy. Seven elements and attributes of living soil and learning gardens are presented as a guide for sustainability education: cultivating a sense of place; fostering curiosity and wonder; discovering rhythm and scale; valuing biocultural diversity; embracing practical experience ; nurturing interconnectedness. The living soil of learning gardens forms the basis of a new metaphoric language serving to contest dominant mechanistic metaphors presently influencing educational discourse. Student voices and examples from urban schools provide practical understanding of how bringing life to schools can indeed bring schools to life.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

PART I: LEARNING GARDENS, LIVING SOIL, AND SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION

  1. Introduction: Modern Imperatives for Life and Learning
  2. Learning Gardens and Life’s Lessons
  3. Living Soil as Metaphorical Construct for Education

PART II: LEARNING GARDENS PRINCIPLES LINKING PEDAGOGY AND PEDOLOGY

  1. Cultivating a Sense of Place
  2. Fostering Curiosity and Wonder
  3. Discovering Rhythm and Scale
  4. Valuing Biocultural Diversity
  5. Embracing Practical Experience
  6. Nurturing Interconnectedness
  7. Awakening the Senses

PART III: PRACTICE COMES ALIVE FROM THE GROUND UP

  1. Teacher, Principal, and Superintendent Perspectives
  2. Moving Forward

Appendix: Selected Resources and Programs

References

Index

About the Authors

Dilafruz R. Williams is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University. An avid gardener, she served on the Portland School Board for eight years.

Jonathan D. Brown teaches courses in permaculture, whole-systems design, organic gardening, and sustainability education. He has worked extensively in small-scale integrated agriculture.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU007000
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDU021000
EDUCATION / Non-Formal Education
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science