Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Children & School Gardening: MA thesis

Congratulations, Djamila!

In September, Djamila Moore, our previous Orchard Garden coordinator, moved to Portland to work as a school garden coordinator. This Friday, she returns to defend her MA thesis. Here's the information (see below), if you would like to attend. If you miss the defense and would like to read the thesis, it will be posted (likely in a couple of weeks) online at the UBC Library cIRcle repository.


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You are invited to
The Final Oral Examination For the Degree of

(Science Education)

Djamila Moore BFAUniversity of North Carolina, School of the Arts, June 2002

Friday, December 7, 2012, 2:00 pm
SCARFE  1209

“A Discursive Exploration of Children’s School Garden Experiences, Perspectives, and Developing Ecological Literacies”

EXAMINING & Supervisory Committee:
Supervisor: Dr. Samson Nashon
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Sandra Scott
Committee: Dr. Tracy Friedel

Research has largely neglected ways to explore how school gardens are used, the quality of the children’s garden experiences, and the educational possibilities including the process of supporting children’s ecological literacy. The purpose of this study was to better understand the possibilities for discourses in and around current garden-based education and ecological literacy while making space for an emergent and narrative research design. This qualitative study draws upon phenomenological and narrative methods to understand children’s garden experiences and is synthesized and analyzed through ecological place-based framework and the notion of crystallization. Findings provide an enriched understanding of children’s school garden experiences and perspectives while supporting their developing ecological literacies.

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