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ERIC Number: EJ982383
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Discovery Garden--Physics and Architecture Meet Outside to Talk
Tabor-Morris, Anne; Briles, Timothy; Froriep, Kathleen; McGuire, Catherine
Physics Teacher, v50 n2 p95-97 Feb 2012
The purpose of Georgian Court University's "Discovery Garden" is to create an experience of the physical sciences for students, both science and non-science majors, in a place of serenity: an outdoor garden. Why a garden? Consider that the traditional laboratory experience for students is one of stark rooms ventilated with noisy hoods and endemic with lab coats and safety glasses, an alien environment that can be a source of anxiety for some students studying science, while the idea of a garden excites the imagination and conjures peace. The garden also serves as a reminder that ideas learned in the classroom apply to the everyday world. In addition, the garden is a model of informal learning, which can be especially interesting for pre-service teachers. Outlined here are some general suggestions for the design of a science garden, applicability of educational philosophy to full-body experiences, and activities suggested for students and future teachers in such a garden, as well as a mini-tour of our garden. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey