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ERIC Number: ED568770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 168
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-6125-0772-9
Ripe for Change: Garden-Based Learning in Schools. Harvard Education Letter Impact Series
Hirschi, Jane S.
Harvard Education Press
"Ripe for Change: Garden-Based Learning in Schools" takes a big-picture view of the school garden movement and the state of garden-based learning in public K--8 education. The book frames the garden movement for educators and shows how school gardens have the potential to be a significant resource for teaching and learning. In this inviting and accessible book, the author: summarizes the current school gardening movement and the emerging field of garden-based learning; provides an overview of the origins, benefits, and barriers to school gardening; explores sustainable models for garden-based learning; includes five case studies of successful partnerships between urban districts and nonprofit school gardening organizations around the country; illustrates how gardens can be used for integrating academic lessons aligned with the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards; includes examples of important tools available for assessing the impact of school gardens. "Ripe for Change" reveals a wealth of resources to show how garden-based learning is being implemented in a systematic way in public education, and offers next steps to widen and deepen the practice to reach children in all schools. Three appendices are included: Appendix A: Sample Teacher Usage Surveys; Appendix B: Cambridge Public Schools Curriculum Connections; and Appendix C: Sample Garden Assessment. Resources, notes, and an index are also included. [Foreword by David Sobel.]
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard University, Graduate School of Education
Identifiers - Location: California (San Francisco); District of Columbia; Massachusetts (Boston); Massachusetts (Cambridge); Texas
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