Learning Gardens and Sustainability Education
Bringing Life to Schools and Schools to Life
By Dilafruz Williams and Jonathan Brown
Offering a fresh approach to bringing life to schools and schools to life, this book goes beyond touting the benefits of learning gardens to survey them as a whole-systems design solution with potential to address myriad interrelated social, ecological, and educational issues. The authors creatively place soil at the center of the discourse on sustainability education and learning gardens design and pedagogy. Seven attributes from the metaphor of living soil are presented as a guide:
- Cultivating a sense of place
- Fostering curiosity and wonder
- Discovering rhythm and scale
- Valuing biocultural diversity
- Embracing practical experience
- Nurturing interconnectedness
- Awakening the senses
The living soil of learning gardens forms the basis of a new metaphoric language serving to contest dominant efficiency and accountability metaphors presently influencing educational discourse. Examples from urban schools and from students, teachers, and school leaders provide practical understanding of how bringing life to schools can indeed bring schools to life.
Dr. Williams teaches in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at PSU.
Dilafruz Williams, PhD
Portland State University
Graduate School of Education
Fourth Avenue Building
1900 SW Fourth Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
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