Children’s Access to Urban Gardens in Norway, India and the United Kingdom

Sageidet, B. M., Almeida, S. C. and Dunkley, R. (2018) Children’s Access to Urban Gardens in Norway, India and the United Kingdom. 28th EECERA Annual Conference: Early Childhood Education, Families and Communities, Budapest, Hungary, 28-31 Aug 2018. ISBN 9786158022668

Full text not currently available from Enlighten.


This study will investigate the accesses to urban gardens for children in Stavanger (Norway), Mumbai (India), and Cardiff (United Kingdom), and their respective potentials for sustainability learning. 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 (Desmond et al., 2004; Bell et al., 2009). This study is conceptualised in theories of place-based and situated learning. Within the paradigm of sociocultural 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. Children are not observed, interviewed or otherwise directly involved in this theoretical study that follows international research ethical guidelines. The narratives elucidate different characteristics, practices, and values related to gardens in the three cities, where children interact in multiple ways with various kinds of garden spaces which are typically close to nature in Stavanger, very small 'windowsills’ in Mumbai, and with a focus on providing public access in Cardiff. The three perspectives give inspirations for promoting children’s ecology, sustainability, and intergenerational learning in urban garden spaces. Keywords: garden learning, children, education for sustainability, citizen science, intergenerational learning

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dunkley, Dr Ria
Authors: Sageidet, B. M., Almeida, S. C., and Dunkley, R.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Related URLs:

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record