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Scholarship of Interdisciplinary Integration; Scholarship of Discovery; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


School gardens have many benefits for students which include helping students make nutritious choices, encouraging students to be environmentally conscious, and providing experiential learning. School gardens have great potential to be an effective learning tool if incorporated into the classroom. The purpose of this project is to evaluate how gardening is being integrated into classroom curriculum in several schools in the state of Illinois and what factors have led to this integration. Educational professionals from seven different sites were interviewed to collect qualitative data about current integration of gardening into school curriculum. The results from the interviews confirm previous research on the benefits of gardening and give new insights about current and future integration of the garden into the classroom.


Honors Capstone Project completed in 2011 for Olivet Nazarene University.