Children's access to urban gardens in Norway, India and the United Kingdom

Sageidet, B. M., Almeida, C. and Dunkley, R. (2018) Children's access to urban gardens in Norway, India and the United Kingdom. International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 13(5), pp. 467-480.

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Background: This study investigates access to gardens for children in Norway, India and the United Kingdom and their respective potentials for sustainability learning. The focus is set upon the significant variations concerning garden access within these three countries, within the specific context of urban gardening at a city scale. The article explores three case study cities: Stavanger, Norway; Mumbai, India; and Cardiff, UK. Previous research has shown that nature and garden experiences can provide play opportunities, skills and sensuous perceptions that may lead to the permanent retention of knowledge, and may awaken and unfold the child’s interests. Material and methods: Conceptualized in theories of situated learning and place-based learning, each researcher - native and/or living in Norway, UK and India, respectively - has gathered qualitative data and focused on the phenomena she found to be appropriate for the study of each respective city. The findings, based on literature studies and the author’s own experiences and observations, are presented in form of narratives. A phenomenological and hermeneutical framework and critical inquiry is used to give relevance to the complex interrelations between the three researcher’s different backgrounds and perspectives. Results: The narratives elucidate rather different characteristics, practices, activities and values related to gardens in the three cities, where children interact in multiple ways with various kinds of garden spaces. Children are typically close to nature in Stavanger, while very small ‘windowsills’ characterize the many childhood interactions with gardens in Mumbai and in Cardiff, children may have access to both private and public gardens, depending upon their circumstances. Conclusions: The three perspectives give inspirations for promoting children’s ecology, sustainability, and intergenerational learning in urban garden spaces.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dunkley, Dr Ria
Authors: Sageidet, B. M., Almeida, C., and Dunkley, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Pedagogy, Praxis & Faith
Journal Name:International Journal of Environmental and Science Education
Publisher:Look Academic Publishers
ISSN (Online):1306-3065
Published Online:07 August 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Journal of Environmental and Science Education 13(5): 467-480
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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