"Sowing and Growing" Life Skills Through Garden-Based Learning to Reengage Disengaged Youth

Son Truong, Tonia Gray, Kumara Ward

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Abstract

There is an emerging body of literature that explores the impact of garden-based learning on health, well-being, social cohesion, and educational outcomes. In this paper, we examine a pilot study conducted in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens’ Youth Community Greening to implement a gardening program with disengaged youth. Data was collected through eldwork and semi-structured interviews, revealing ve interconnected themes: enhancing well-being and health literacy; building life skills; engaging students; connecting with adults; and increasing self- esteem. We conclude by showcasing some of the collaborative practices between educational contexts and communities to reveal how these partnerships can be mutually enhancing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-385
Number of pages25
JournalLearning Landscapes
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016

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