Embracing diversities in elementary schools : stepping outside the classroom

Tera Yoder, California State University, Monterey Bay

Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department


Teachers are currently challenged on how to include all students in one common and safe learning environment. Students don't come in cookie cutter patterns, but vary between cultures, genders, classes, race and ability. While children don't learn the same; a positive, common environment and learning atmosphere can contribute to learning of all children. Research shows that children that have difficulty in a traditional classroom setting can feel more comfortable in a less intense environment, like that outdoors. Many students with linguistic or physical barriers learn better actively doing rather than lectures, which gives great opportunity for science experimentations. These factors combine to present prime learning engagements with scientific viewpoints in a garden within the educational community.