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ERIC Number: EJ811591
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2680
"A Better Crop of Boys and Girls": The School Gardening Movement, 1890-1920
Kohlstedt, Sally Gregory
History of Education Quarterly, v48 n1 p58-93 Feb 2008
In the 1890s progressive educators like John Dewey proposed expansive ideas about integrating school and society. Working to make the boundaries between classroom learning and pupils' natural environment more permeable, for example, Dewey urged teachers to connect intellectual and practical elements within their curricula. Highly visible and widespread examples of this integrative goal were the school gardens that flourished from the 1890s well into the twentieth century. It was proven that school gardens were malleable projects and could be managed to meet a wide range of expectations. This versatility contributed to their spread across the continent. This article explores expectations surrounding these experimental projects in order to explain their remarkable growth. While school gardens were initially promoted as a method to teach the natural sciences, a wide range of ambitions emerged as proponents sought to provide practical agricultural training, promote an appreciation for the beauty and bounty of nature, or develop civic pride. (Contains 5 figures and 131 footnotes.)
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Language: English
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