Environmental education in a culturally diverse school

Tangen, Donna J. & Fielding-Barnsley, Ruth (2007) Environmental education in a culturally diverse school. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 23, pp. 23-30.


School gardens provide a unique learning environment for English as Second Language (ESL) students; students are able to engage in experiential outdoor learning that will enhance in-class lessons. This study evaluated the effects of school gardening on ESL students' learning about good nutrition. Data collected indicated that there were positive gains in student learning and feelings of belonging to the school community. Indications from the study suggest that teacher attitudes play a big part in ESL student engagement in the learning process for environmental education. Garden-enhanced lessons about nutrition provided experiential learning for ESL students that effectively supported in-class learning.

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ID Code: 12280
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: ESL, School garden, Nutrition, Experiential learning
ISSN: 0814-0626
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Australian Association for Environmental Education
Deposited On: 31 Jan 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:17

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