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An Action Research Inquiry into Three Community Gardens: Toward a Greater Understanding of Ecological Resilience
by McMullen, Michelle, Psy.D., Sofia University, 2020, 203; 28002697
Abstract (Summary)

This study addressed the research question: What changes will ecological stewards suggest in reflecting on the state of their social-ecological resilience through the lens of their community ecological paradigm? The study used the action research method to answer the question. The Place Attachment Scale and the Neighborhood Cohesion Index helped capture some of the social-ecological resilience indicators. Other indicators were collected via semistructured interviews and through photographic images. The New Ecological Paradigm Scale captured data on community garden members’ ecological worldview, with assessments consisting of their ecological attitudes, beliefs, and values. Members’ responses underwent content analysis on their relationship to place attachment, social cohesion, social networking, knowledge sharing, and diversity. The qualitative content analysis of member interviews attempted to describe the social-ecological resiliency phenomena of the community in conceptual form. Finally, the stewards reviewed the NEP assessment to gain an understanding of the community worldview and any significant variation. While the difficulty in recruiting stewards to review the data and recommend changes to enhance social-ecological resilience made it difficult to establish firm conclusions, the data suggest trends toward greater resilience for local community gardens based upon an understanding of the ecological paradigm and the status of the social-ecological resiliency of their community garden.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elfers, John
Commitee: Dufrechou, Jay P., Schroll, Mark A.
School: Sofia University
Department: Global Psychology with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Ecology, Social psychology
Keywords: Community, Ecology, Gardening, Psychology, Resilience, Social
Publication Number: 28002697
ISBN: 9798662482524
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