Evidence-based practice: Make it Hands-On

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Published May 25, 2016 | Updated September 6, 2016
Subject: Professional Development
Resource Type: Research and Policy
Grade Level: Adults/Professionals
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Teaching in Nature's Classroom collects fifteen core principles, representing best practices in garden-based education. The principles are intended to inform sound pedagogy and illustrate why gardens are such essential centers both for learning and for promoting childhood health.

Each principle is drawn from author Nathan Larson's fifteen years of experience teaching and working in school and community youth gardens. They have also been developed, tested, and refined through years of practice by many garden educators. 

Evidence-based practice

The book illustrates the principles with representative pictures and stories from the field and links them to the growing international body of research supporting garden-based education. By connecting good practice and research, Larson and his collaborators at the Environmental Design Lab demonstrate how each of Teaching in Nature's Classroom's principles is an evidence-based practice.

Excerpt: Make it Hands-On

"At a point in history when students spend more time each day sitting at desks, they sorely need more hands-on learning opportunities in their schooling. The physical nature of the garden learning environment is especially well-suited to kinesthetic learning. Children commonly learning by doing in the garden. This approach provides valuable opportunities for kinesthetic learners - who may experience challenges in the traditional classroom setting. - to excel in the living, physical outdoor learning environment."

Read more: The above is an excerpt from Teaching in Nature's Classroom, download or request a free copy of the book.

Further the Conversation

This forum is intended to provide the opportunity for educators, researchers, and other practitioners to share and discuss their knowledge and experience.

Contribute stories and photos that illustrate this principle, or provide additional research and resources that support it. Please log in and comment below to add your voice to the conversation.

Find discussion threads for the other 14 principles here.

Illustrations from Teaching in Nature's Classroom, copyright Becky Redelings and Nathan Larson.
 

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