Secondary school students' participation in school grounds improvement: Emerging findings from a study in England

Mark Rickinson, Dawn Sanders

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In a recent review of school grounds research, Dyment (2004a) highlights a lack of studies on the process of school ground improvement, particularly in the secondary school context. This paper seeks to respond to this gap in the literature by reporting emerging findings from a three-year action research study of six English secondary schools involved in improving their grounds. It focuses particularly on the nature and dynamics of student participation in the process of school gronds improvement. Drawing on in-depth case-study research during the first two years of the programme, we discuss how the schools have been approaching the task of improving their grounds, and what the benefits and challenges have been for the participating students. Against a backdrop of long-standing neglect of secondary school grounds, we hope that this paper will lead to further dialogue in this critical and sometime forgotten area of practice and research
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256 - 272
Number of pages17
JournalCanadian Journal of Environmental Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

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