"Sowing and Growing" Life Skills Through Garden-Based Learning to Reengage Disengaged Youth

  • Son Truong Western Sydney University
  • Tonia Gray Western Sydney University
  • Kumara Ward Western Sydney University

Abstract

There is an emerging body of literature that explores the impact of garden-based learning on health, well-being, social cohesion, and educational outcomes. In this paper, we examine a pilot study conducted in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens’ Youth Community Greening to implement a gardening program with disengaged youth. Data was collected through eldwork and semi-structured interviews, revealing ve interconnected themes: enhancing well-being and health literacy; building life skills; engaging students; connecting with adults; and increasing self- esteem. We conclude by showcasing some of the collaborative practices between educational contexts and communities to reveal how these partnerships can be mutually enhancing.

Published
2016-10-01
How to Cite
TRUONG, Son; GRAY, Tonia; WARD, Kumara. "Sowing and Growing" Life Skills Through Garden-Based Learning to Reengage Disengaged Youth. LEARNing Landscapes, [S.l.], v. 10, n. 1, p. 361-385, oct. 2016. ISSN 1913-5688. Available at: <http://www.learninglandscapes.ca/index.php/learnland/article/view/Sowing-and-Growing-Life-Skills-Through-Garden-Based-Learning-to-Reengage-Disengaged-Youth>. Date accessed: 18 jan. 2018.