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

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

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.

Funding Program: 
Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Award Number: 

Team Members

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

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