Integrating Sustainability Education into the University Pre-Service Elementary Teacher Curriculum through the Use of School Gardens

Brian Bluhm | 2017

Developed by Brian Bluhm at the University of Minnesota, this curriculum is intended to provide pre-service elementary school teachers a sustainability learning experience in sustainable agriculture through the use of school gardens. Using predominantly experiential learning, pre-service teachers will develop the necessary skills to educate future generations about sustainable agriculture, food systems, and sustainability as a general concept.

The curriculum was developed based on the information gathered through the literature review and suggestions from experts in the field of elementary education, food systems and sustainable agriculture. Each lesson plan reflects the value of sustainability education in higher education. The curriculum is also experiential and active, focusing on gardens as a lens through which pre-service elementary education teachers can develop their own sustainability-literacy, while also developing their ability to teach about sustainability.

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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.