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The girl with the garden gloves: researching the affordances of sensual materialities in the school garden

Journal article
Authors Anna Maria Hipkiss
Sally Windsor
Dawn Sanders
Published in Ethnography and Education
ISSN 1745-7823
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.1080/17457823.20...
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/ful...
Keywords School garden pedagogy, Actor Network Theory, social semiotics, education for sustainable development, eco-literacy, agency, materiality
Subject categories Educational Sciences, Biological Sciences

Abstract

This article uses vignettes and photographs taken from ethnographic research to reframe the methodological assumptions within school garden research. New theoretical perspectives are applied to previous empirical school garden research that provides deeper understandings of both the teaching and the learning of ecoliteracy in such material contexts. Actor Network Theory and Social Semiotics further highlight the affordance of school garden spaces. We make public the conversations of a small research group about a perceived ethnographic turn towards materiality, aesthetics and agency.

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