ERIC Number: EJ1041760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Use of Demonstration Gardens in Extension: Challenges and Benefits
Glen, Charlotte D.; Moore, Gary E.; Jayaratne, K. S. U.; Bradley, Lucy K.
Journal of Extension, v52 n4 Article 4FEA6 Aug 2014
Extension agents' use of demonstration gardens was studied to determine how gardens are employed in horticultural programming, perceived benefits and challenges of using gardens for Extension programming, and desired competencies. Gardens are primarily used to enhance educational efforts by providing hands-on learning experiences. Greatest perceived benefits of gardens were their effectiveness as an educational delivery method, as well as their ability to provide opportunities for meaningful volunteer service and facilitate the development of partnerships. Greatest perceived challenges were availability of time, money, and volunteer support. Findings support the use of gardens as an appropriate educational strategy for Extension programming.
Descriptors: Extension Education, Gardening, Horticulture, Teaching Methods, Experiential Learning, Plants (Botany), Extension Agents, Demonstrations (Educational), Surveys, Likert Scales, Independent Study, Audiences, Training, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina