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Discovering learning, discovering self: The effects of an interdisciplinary, standards-based school garden curriculum on elementary students in Hawai'i
by Koh, Ming Wei, Ph.D., Prescott College, 2012, 277; 3512433
Abstract (Summary)

This study evaluates the effects of an interdisciplinary standards-based school garden-based education program on student learning. The objective of the program is to help students learn to be self-directed learners, community contributors, complex thinkers, quality producers, effective communicators, and effective/ethical users of technology. For the State of Hawai'i Department of Education these are known as General Learner Outcomes.

A group of third, fourth and fifth grade Gifted and Talented students were taught 1 hour classes two times a week in the Discovery Garden at the Kohala Elementary School for one semester from August 2011 through December 2011. The theoretical framework for the curriculum and pedagogy of the semester long program was synthesized into the Pedagogy of Food which is based on learning by doing using structural-developmental theory; learning through relationships using social cognitive theory; and learning through metacognition using human development. The six General Learner Outcomes were chosen as the objectives and measurements of the study.

The students completed a pre- and post-survey on how they viewed themselves as learners, contributors, producers, communicators, thinkers, and users. The students also participated in focus groups where they were asked about what and how they learned in the program. Teachers, school administrators, and parents were interviewed in depth for their opinion and observation of the impact of the program.

The findings of this project were prefaced by lessons learned from the pilot study of this program, conducted from October 2010 through May 2011, and then organized into themes under the headings of the six General Learner Outcomes. Conclusions, challenges, and recommendations for further research were provided in the final chapter.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Clingan, Joan
Commitee: Parajuli, Pramod, Tibbetts, Katherine, Williams, Dilafruz
School: Prescott College
Department: Education / Sustainability Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 73/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Elementary education, Sustainability
Keywords: Curriculum, Education, Gardens, Hawaii, Interdisciplinary, Learning
Publication Number: 3512433
ISBN: 978-1-267-41456-4
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