Wellbeing in school gardens: the case of the Gardens for Bellies food and environmental education program

Karen Wistoft, Pernille Malberg Dyg

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Abstract

The article explores the role of the outdoor environment in the Gardens for Bellies Danish school garden program in relation to student wellbeing. It is based on exploratory multiple case study research. The study indicates that the school garden program promotes students’ wellbeing through their positive emotions about being outside in the outdoor environment. Garden activities and their relations with peers, garden educators, and teachers seemed to positively affect students’ self-esteem. Over and above the positive social environment, students’ relations with the natural environment seem also to affect their wellbeing as they develop empathy for animals, insects, and plants. Whether this influences their wellbeing, interpersonal relations, and planetary care in the long run after the program is not, however, documented. Not all students thrive in the open, free, and sometimes chaotic space of the garden. However, the majority of students in the program seem to experience a sense of wellbeing.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Education Research
Volume24
Issue8
Pages (from-to)1177-1191
Number of pages15
ISSN1350-4622
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2018

Keywords

  • School gardens
  • Students
  • Social Relations
  • Well-being
  • Mental health
  • Learning
  • Case study
  • Environmental education
  • Wellbeing
  • school gardens
  • Children
  • PEDAGOGIES
  • KNOWLEDGE
  • FRUIT
  • COOKING
  • HEALTH
  • CONSUMPTION

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    Wistoft, K. (PI), Bahrenscheer, A. (Collaborator), Sederberg, M. (Collaborator) & Højholdt, A. (Collaborator)

    01/08/202031/12/2022

    Project: Research

  • Udeskole og fagintegration

    Wistoft, K. (Project manager) & Christensen, J. (Participant)

    01/02/201731/12/2017

    Project: Research

  • Haver til Maver. Udbredelse af et gastronomisk skolehaveprojekt

    Wistoft, K. (Participant)

    01/01/201431/07/2017

    Project: Research

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