Title

Mathematics from the Ground up: An Emerging Model for Enriching Mathematical Learning for Children aged 4–12 using a School Garden Program

Author Faculty (Discipline)

Business

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2023

Early Online Version

11-24-2021

Journal

Education 3-13

ISSN

0300-4279

Embargo Period

1-19-2022

ANZSRC / FoR Code

39 EDUCATION| 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy

Avondale Research Centre

Christian Education Research Centre

Reportable Items (HERDC/ERA)

C1

Peer Review

Before publication

Abstract

Meaningful and enjoyable experiences are important in the education of children. In this qualitative case study, the garden program (incl. market garden shop, garden care, Kid’s Kitchen, and chicken coop) in one Australian primary school was explored to determine its impact on the mathematical learning of children. Data were collected using focus groups (four student, three parent and three volunteer groups), three teacher interviews, weekly garden journal entries and, when possible, through observation. This program provided opportunities for enriched mathematical learning facilitated by: early exposure to mathematical applications through mixed-age groups at different stations; an authentic, real-life setting to apply mathematical learning; and the consolidation of mathematical experiences through weekly engagement. These program features were found to positively impact the mathematical readiness, attitudes and competence of students.

Link to publisher version (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1080/03004279.2021.2007159

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