Research on Human Issues in Horticulture Motivates Students to Learn Science

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  • 1 Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-6414.

Many undergraduates major in horticulture because they love working with plants. When they hear research that documents how people respond-to plants, some students -begin to understand why they have responded positively to plants, and they want to learn more about the topic. This paper 1) discusses the potential to use students' excitement about human issues in horticulture to teach principles that educators consider important components of a baccalaureate degree, and 2) presents the case of one student to demonstrate how it can be done.