Linking community revitalization, urban agriculture, and elementary education

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Title: Linking community revitalization, urban agriculture, and elementary education
Author: Blondrage, Mary Alexis
Abstract: A university/community partnership in Rochester, NY was the context for this research addressing the development of collaboration between local elementary School 45 and the community's agriculture education initiative. At the school and community's request, a possible partnership was researched to find the appropriate linkage that would address both the school and community's needs. Participatory action research was the framework for the qualitative research methodology. Data are presented from various sources including extensive participant observation, field notes, in-depth interviews, and document review. The findings indicated diverse implications for the consideration of a school-community partnership, and highlighted the importance of organizational and community dynamics, ownership of information for decision making, balancing competing assets, and appropriate school curricula. Ultimately, it was assessed that a partnership is currently not a viable action for the community or the elementary school to take. This research also supports a larger understanding of the importance of community involvement, school policy, and the importance of environmental science education.
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Date: 2009-04-09

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