Offering a fresh approach to bringing life to schools and schools to life, this book goes beyond touting the benefits of learning gardens to survey them as a whole-systems design solution with potential to address myriad interrelated social, ecological, and educational issues.  The theoretical and conceptual framework presented creatively places soil at the center of the discourse on sustainability education and learning garden design and pedagogy. Seven elements and attributes of living soil and learning gardens are presented as a guide for sustainability education:  cultivating a sense of place; fostering curiosity and wonder; discovering rhythm and scale; valuing biocultural diversity;  embracing practical experience ; nurturing interconnectedness. The living soil of learning gardens forms the basis of a new metaphoric language serving to contest dominant mechanistic metaphors presently influencing educational discourse.  Student voices and examples from urban schools provide practical understanding of how bringing life to schools can indeed bring schools to life.

part I|54 pages

Learning Gardens, Living Soil, and Sustainability Education

chapter 1|12 pages


Modern Imperatives for Life and Learning

chapter 2|26 pages

Learning Gardens and Life's Lessons

part II|103 pages

Learning Gardens Principles Linking Pedagogy and Pedology

chapter 4|18 pages

Cultivating a Sense of Place

chapter 5|14 pages

Fostering Curiosity and Wonder

chapter 6|16 pages

Discovering Rhythm and Scale

chapter 7|15 pages

Valuing Biocultural Diversity

chapter 8|13 pages

Embracing Practical Experience

chapter 9|13 pages

Nurturing Interconnectedness

chapter 10|12 pages

Awakening the Senses

part III|43 pages

Practice Comes Alive from the Ground up

chapter 12|7 pages

Moving Forward