School gardens in Denmark: organization and effects of the Gardens for Bellies school garden program

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Studies show that school gardening helps children enhance their understanding of science and promotes their interaction with the environment gaining historical, cultural and ecological understandings (Dyg 2014; Chenhall 2010; Green 2013; Johnson 2012; Sloan 2013; McCarty 2010; Hess & Trexler 2011). School gardens are sprouting in rural and urban areas across Denmark. This case study research sheds new light on various school garden models under the Gardens for Bellies program in Denmark, including school-, community-based and central school gardens. This study aims to document the organization of school gardens, which is not studied in international research. It also analyses immediate effects according to pupils and other stakeholders. The research is based on five explorative case studies, involving observations and interviews. The findings show that school gardens open up opportunities for involving a range of new stakeholders. Garden-based learning has a number of positive immediate effects on pupils’ food knowledge, cooking skills, and well-being.
TitelGrowing in Cities - Interdisciplinary perspectives on urban gardening : Urban Allotment Gardens in European Cities - Conference, Basel 10-11.9.2016. Full papers proceedings
Antal sider11
ForlagUrban Allotment Gardens
Publikationsdato10 sep. 2016
Artikelnummerpp 269-280
StatusUdgivet - 10 sep. 2016


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