INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENCE EDUCATION
Research Article

Growing Seeds, Minds, and Community: A Case Study Evaluation of the Green Thumb Project’s Youth Internship Program

Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2022, 18(4), e2300, https://doi.org/10.21601/ijese/12379
Publication date: Aug 19, 2022
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ABSTRACT

Urban community gardens are often home to a variety of environmental education programs. One such program centered in a community garden is the Youth Internship Program created by The Green Thumb Project. Through mixed methods techniques and a case study approach, the Youth Internship Program’s immediate outcomes were evaluated by assessing 12 participants’ changes in career preparedness skills, healthy living attitudes, and content knowledge after participating in the eight-week long curriculum. Outcomes were assessed through the lens of situated learning theory and its relation to place-based environmental education. Through analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data, results indicated that the Youth Internship Program was effective in positively changing all interns’ skills, attitudes, and knowledge. Linear regressions showed that skills, attitudes, and knowledge had significant positive relationships with one another. This finding indicated that the themes were interconnected and that learning gains in one area helped interns experience gains in another area. Overall, the data demonstrated that the program was effective in helping interns grow personally, professionally, and academically.

KEYWORDS

career preparedness skills healthy living attitudes content knowledge situated learning theory environmental education

CITATION (APA)

Burner, C., & Veal, W. R. (2022). Growing Seeds, Minds, and Community: A Case Study Evaluation of the Green Thumb Project’s Youth Internship Program. Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 18(4), e2300. https://doi.org/10.21601/ijese/12379
Harvard
Burner, C., and Veal, W. R. (2022). Growing Seeds, Minds, and Community: A Case Study Evaluation of the Green Thumb Project’s Youth Internship Program. Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 18(4), e2300. https://doi.org/10.21601/ijese/12379
Vancouver
Burner C, Veal WR. Growing Seeds, Minds, and Community: A Case Study Evaluation of the Green Thumb Project’s Youth Internship Program. INTERDISCIP J ENV SCI ED. 2022;18(4):e2300. https://doi.org/10.21601/ijese/12379
AMA
Burner C, Veal WR. Growing Seeds, Minds, and Community: A Case Study Evaluation of the Green Thumb Project’s Youth Internship Program. INTERDISCIP J ENV SCI ED. 2022;18(4), e2300. https://doi.org/10.21601/ijese/12379
Chicago
Burner, Caroline, and William R. Veal. "Growing Seeds, Minds, and Community: A Case Study Evaluation of the Green Thumb Project’s Youth Internship Program". Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education 2022 18 no. 4 (2022): e2300. https://doi.org/10.21601/ijese/12379
MLA
Burner, Caroline et al. "Growing Seeds, Minds, and Community: A Case Study Evaluation of the Green Thumb Project’s Youth Internship Program". Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, vol. 18, no. 4, 2022, e2300. https://doi.org/10.21601/ijese/12379

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