ERIC Number: ED489339
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
The Pull of the Earth: Participatory Ethnography in the School Garden
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
This book is Laurie Thorp's dirt-under-the-fingernails ethnography of four years in an elementary school garden and the ways in which this garden catalyzed cultural transformation and inspired hope, growth, and community. Filled with photographs, sketches, poetry, and journal entries, Thorp's engaging book describes the educational benefits of learning through the environment: lessons on nutrition, the rhythms and cycles found in nature, and the stability found in entering a reciprocal relationship with the land. It will be a valuable resource for educators, environmentalists, and ethnographers. This book is organized into the following nine chapters: (1) Locating the Author, Locating the Other; (2) The Grace of a Garden; (3) A Place for Connection; (4) Wonder; (5) How Our Garden Grows; (6) A Journey in One Place (Kristan Small); (7) The Pizza-Earth Reunifcation (Daniel Brooks); (8) A Methodology of Letting Go, Getting Lost, and Finding My Way; and (9) Telling the Story All the Way Through.
Descriptors: Gardening, Educational Benefits, Ethnography, Elementary Schools, Science Education, Plants (Botany), Environmental Education, Nutrition
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706. Tel: 301-459-3366; Fax: 301-429-5748.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A