Author Faculty (Discipline)

Education

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

12-22-2021

Book

Revealing Jesus in the Learning Environment: Evidence and Impact pp.59-82

ISBN

978-0645061314

Embargo Period

1-17-2022

ANZSRC / FoR Code

399999 Other education not elsewhere classified| 500401 Christian studies

Avondale Research Centre

Christian Education Research Centre

Avondale Research Centre

Spirituality and Worship Research Centre

Reportable Items (HERDC/ERA)

B1

Peer Review

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Abstract

This chapter explores the metaphor of Christian educators as under-shepherds who both protect and nurture their students. Using current research, it identifies how learning in a garden setting nurtures students’ physical, intellectual, and social-emotional wellbeing.

Although spiritual benefits of outdoor learning are alluded to in the literature, there is limited empirical evidence to support a link between outdoor learning environments and spiritual questing. Based on responses gathered from students in a Christian primary school, this chapter presents a case study of how one school garden program helped shape children’s perceptions of God and Jesus as Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer.

Comments

Used by permission: the author(s).

Staff and Students of Avondale University may access Revealing Jesus in the learning environment: Evidence and impact from Avondale University Library (371.071/K55-2).

Associated Research Project

School Garden Research Project

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