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A Participatory Action Research Study With One Emancipatory School Garden, Colleen Q. Saxen Jan 2020

A Participatory Action Research Study With One Emancipatory School Garden, Colleen Q. Saxen

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Although school gardens have been increasingly popular in the United States, much existing literature evaluated success of the programs from a limited set of criteria, such as the extent to which gardens reformed student eating habits and nutritional knowledge. Yet, school gardens offered benefits and outcomes not immediately apparent within this reform paradigm. In addition, the attention on forming a particular kind of food consumer ignored the diverse cultural and racial histories related to agriculture and food in the United States. In this participatory action research (PAR) dissertation, participants, including school staff and community partners, explored one school garden program ...