Secondary School Students’ Participation in School Grounds Improvement: Emerging Findings from a Study in England

Mark Rickinson, Dawn Sanders


In a recent review of school grounds research, Dyment (2004a) highlights a lack
of studies on the process of school grounds 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 grounds 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 longstanding
neglect of secondary school grounds, we hope that this paper will lead
to further dialogue in this critical and sometimes forgotten area of practice and

Full Text:


Copyright © Canadian Journal of Environmental Education (CJEE) ISSN 1205-5352