Using the Sensory Garden as a Tool to Enhance the Educational Development and Social Interaction of Children with Special Needs

This study summarises the findings based on two case study sensory gardens in the United Kingdom, in terms of the educational development and social interaction of children with special needs and the staff who care for them. The aim was to observe and record the users’ behaviour when engaging with features in the sensory garden. The data collection included interviews with teachers and therapists, and behavioural observation, which was used in conjunction with affordance theory.

The Child in the Garden: An Evaluative Review of the Benefits of School Gardening

ABSTRACT: Although educators widely use school gardens for experiential education, researchers have not systematically examined the evaluative literature on school-gardening outcomes. The author reviewed the U.S. literature on children’s gardening, taking into account potential effects, schoolgardening outcomes, teacher evaluations of gardens as learning tools, and methodological issues. Quantitative studies showed positive outcomes of school-gardening initiatives in the areas of science

LA Sprouts: A Gardening, Nutrition, and Cooking Intervention for Latino Youth Improves Diet and Reduces Obesity

Garden-based approaches to nutrition education may be effective for improving nutrition habits in adolescents. A quasi-experimental, garden-based intervention for Latino youth (LA Sprouts) was piloted and assessed for its influence on behavior associated with dietary intake and psychosocial factors. Study participants were 104 predomi- nately Latino fourth and fifth grade students in Los Angeles (mean age, 9.8)

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Closing the Achievement Gap

Using the Environment as an Integrating Context for learning (EIC) defines a framework for education: a framework for interdiciplinary, collaborative, student centered, hand-on, and engaged learning. It has begun to trasform curricuka in a growing number of schools across the United States and may have the potential to significantly improve K-12 eduation in America. 

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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