Learning in and beyond school gardens with cyber-physical systems

Steven Zuiker, Kyle Wright

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This design-based research study considers the learner-generated design and refinement of a school garden. We report one enactment of the Connected Gardening project in order to illuminate and understand how a fourth-grade class organizes and refines its garden plot using observations of the physical environment and evaluations of data from a networked digital probe. By examining the ways individuals, materials, and activities influence, and are influenced by, one another, our qualitative analysis characterizes interplay among an ecosystem, a garden and graphical representations of environmental indicators in real time and over time. We consider the novel affordances of such a cyber-physical systems for supporting participatory culture within yet beyond school classrooms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)556-577
Number of pages22
JournalInteractive Learning Environments
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 3 2015


  • design-based research
  • garden-based learning
  • participatory culture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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