Title page for ETD etd-07062010-081041

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Castro, Margo Lynn
Author's Email Address mcastro@agcenter.lsu.edu
URN etd-07062010-081041
Title School Gardens: Effects on Low Socioeconomic First Grade Students
Degree Master of Science (M.S.)
Department Human Resource Education Workforce Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Machtmes, Krisanna L. Committee Chair
Fox, Janet Committee Member
Johnson, Earl C. Committee Member
  • qualitative research
  • first grade
  • school gardens
  • 4-H
Date of Defense 2010-06-28
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this study is to determine if there are any effects of school gardens on low socio-economic first grade classroom located in the Southern Region of the United States. It is crucial for students to understand food sources and where it originates.

Data was gathered through interviews using qualitative research methods. Analysis consisted of examining data from themes and discriminate cases. Personal interviews were done with teachers and students involved in the garden project. Permission was received to interview the students at school. All participants will remain anonymous.

The results of the study found that the garden project did provide the participants with a positive new experience and hands on learning. Academic effects were not measured due to the age and developmental stage of the first graders.

School gardens provide students with an opportunity to learn not only what they should eat, but also obtain a greater appreciation for how food is grown. Garden projects at school are a great way to make classroom subjects more interesting and significant to students.

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