Capacity Building for School Gardening: A Swedish Case Study

Petter Åkerblom


This article reflects on experiences from Swedish research on school gardening
and greening school grounds. A process-orientated case study in two Swedish
cities is discussed, based on future workshops as a platform for situated capacity
building in interaction between stakeholders in the in-school context and
stakeholders from outside the local school, such as school ground planners and
school ground administrators.
The case study indicates that using the future workshop as a research
method is a way to involve the stakeholders as subjects in the production of new
knowledge, which means a collaborative production of both articulated and tacit
knowledge. The case study shows that new approaches to school ground
management could help a school make its outdoor environment more suitable for
educational purposes, including gardening.

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