A field of learning and living: Suitability of school gardens for children

Kuru G., Öztürk E. D., Atmaca F.

Elementary Education Online, vol.19, no.3, pp.1450-1464, 2020 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.17051/ilkonline.2020.730955
  • Journal Name: Elementary Education Online
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, EBSCO Education Source, Directory of Open Access Journals, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1450-1464
  • Keywords: Playground, Primary school gardens, Primary school teachers, School managers
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


© 2020, Ankara University. All rights reserved.The aim of this study is to reveal the opinions of primary school teachers and school managers about the evaluation of primary school gardens for children. This study was conducted with phenomenological method is one of qualitative research designs. The data of study was collected through semi-structured interviews; study group consisted of 30 teachers and 12 school managers. Photographs of school gardens and students' drawings are other data collection tools of the research. The data were analyzed by content analysis method. The findings obtained that playgrounds are thought to be important in terms of supporting development of child, providing socialization, supporting learning and having fun. The majority of participants think that their school gardens are not enough. The lack of playgrounds in school gardens, the lack of green area and use of garden as a car park are examples of these inadequacies.