2021 Poster - Cultivating Science: Examining the Free-Choice Science Learning Networks of Urban Gardeners

Date: 
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Resource Type:
Conference Proceedings | Reference Materials
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Park, Outdoor, and Garden Programs
Audience: 
Adults | Museum/ISE Professionals
Discipline: 
Ecology, forestry, and agriculture
Access and Inclusion: 
Ethnic/Racial
Women and Girls
Low Socioeconomic Status
Organization:
Institute for Learning Innovation, UT Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health
Description: 

This poster was presented at the 2021 NSF AISL Awardee Meeting.

Free-choice learning occurs when individuals make choices about what, where, how, and who they participate with in their self-motivated learning activities. This project explores how different people, living in the same geographic region, make plants and gardening a part of their lives. We explore how adult community members choose to participate in their plant and gardening interests, including: the topics and activities that interest them, with whom they participate, where, and which resources they access. This work will provide a clearer understanding of a community’s STEM ecosystem and will build evidence-based understanding about who is being served by which resources in their community. We are also piloting a methodology to use participants’ social networks to collect data from diverse (age, gender, race, socioeconomics) urban gardeners who have often been excluded by more traditional data collection efforts.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Award Number: 
2005840

Team Members

Elysa CorinElysa CorinPrincipal Investigator
Judy KokeJudy KokeContributor
David MeierDavid MeierContributor
Allison HuAllison HuContributor
Eric JonesEric JonesCo-Principal Investigator

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