An Evaluation of the California Instructional School Garden Program

Objective California Assembly Bill 1535 awarded $US 15 million to California public schools to promote, develop and sustain instructional school gardens through the California Instructional School Garden Program (CISGP). The present study was designed to assess the effectiveness of the CISGP at assisting schools in implementing, maintaining and sustaining an academic school garden programme, determine how schools utilized the funding they received and assess the impact of the California state budget crisis on the CISGP.

Multicultural School Gardens: Creating Engaging Garden Spaces in Learning about Language, Culture, and Environment

Children’s gardening programs have enjoyed increasing popularity in recent years. An Australian environmental education non-profit organization implemented a program, entitled Multicultural Schools Gardens, in disadvantaged (low-income) schools that used food gardening as a focus for implementing a culturally-focused environmental education program. While the program included the well documented educational, social, and health

Scientific Illustration in the Elementary School Classroom

Through a learning sequence they developed, Ferrer and Trumpey (1999) taught students how to observe subjects, how to take visual notes, how to discuss their observations with their peers, how to apply new knowledge to new drawings, and how to continuously assess their understanding of a subject. Ferrer and Trumpey (1999) measured learning gains using an assessment tool that was administered three times during the sequence and once after the sequence was completed. The fourth assessment was administered to determine how much information students retained one week later.