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ERIC Number: EJ1120191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2331-0464
"We Won't Hurt You Butterfly!" Second-Graders Become Environmental Stewards from Experiences in a School Garden
Fisher-Maltese, Carley
International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, v4 n1 p54-69 2016
This is an important time to catalyze hope about the environment instead of fear and despair. One such opportunity for hope lies in school garden programs. Most of the scant studies on these settings investigate the health/nutritional impacts, science learning potential, or emotional dispositions of students. However, few studies examine the shifts in environmental attitudes that occur for students as a result of experiences in school gardens. This paper provides an example of how a school garden can improve student's environmental attitudes and help them to develop as environmental stewards. A study of second graders experiencing a garden-based science curriculum on insects is described. I argue that school gardens have the potential to help children develop a more empathic view of nature and become environmental stewards, but are often opportunities missed due to the challenges associated with their use.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 2; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
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