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School Children´s Perspectives from Forest Gardens Places
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Learning Practices inside and outside School (LPS), Sustainability Education Research (SER).
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

These days, newspapers discuss how cities are more densely populated and shaped by the interests of various stakeholders. Construction of housing and parking lots tends to be prioritized over creating places for children in urban environments. One way of creating such places is to construct forest gardens, a relatively new form of gardening. The purpose of this study is to investigate schoolchildren’s place-making in forest gardens, from the children’s perspective. The study takes a Social Studies of Childhood perspective, which understands children to be social actors who are competent researchers in their own right. The data is drawn from walk-and-talk conversations, informal interviews, and photographs with 28 children who participated in a three-year forest garden project. The results from this ongoing study show that school children use the places for their activities and play, but the places also give different kind of affordances. The schoolchildren try risk-taking beside the pond, have the opportunity to be with friends at the fireplace and to be alone in the tipi. It is therefore interesting to report that green places are important in children’s environment, especially in the particular relationships afforded by specific places within a forest garden.

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2019.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-43481OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-43481DiVA, id: diva2:1305258
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8th Nordic Geographers Meeting, June 16–19, 2019 Trondheim, Norway
Available from: 2019-04-16 Created: 2019-04-16 Last updated: 2019-04-16

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