ERIC Number: EJ1122909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Teaching STEM through Horticulture: Implementing an Edible Plant Curriculum at a STEM-Centric Elementary School
Graves, Leila A.; Hughes, Harrison; Balgopal, Meena M.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v57 n3 p192-207 2016
School gardens are ideal places for students to ask and answer questions about science. This paper describes a case study of two 3rd grade teachers and two STEM coordinators who were recruited to implement and evaluate a horticultural-based curriculum developed for this study. Informed by the Teacher-Centered Systemic Reform model we conducted a case study analysis of the beliefs and practices of these four educators. Teachers made curricular decisions based on their confidence teaching about plants, the accessibility of curricular materials, perceptions of relevancy of lessons to academic science standards, and the time constraints. One STEM coordinator reported that the curriculum addressed academic science standards, was relevant to students' lives, and provided hands-on inquiry activities connected to the school garden. The subsequent STEM coordinator, along with the teachers, believed that garden plants do not address science standards and instead support enrichment activities. We conclude that professional development on horticultural-based curriculum for both teachers and STEM coaches is warranted.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Horticulture, Gardening, Elementary School Teachers, Grade 3, Case Studies, Professional Development, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Change, Teaching Methods, Instructional Materials, Curriculum Development, Grade 4, Grade 5, Agriculture, Agricultural Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Qualitative Research, Interviews
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site: http://www.aaaeonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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