Survey on the Needs of Elementary Education Teachers to Enhance the Use of Horticulture or Gardening in the Classroom

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Kathleen DobbsResearch associate, Department of Horticulture, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0327.

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Diane RelfProfessor, Department of Horticulture, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0327.

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Alan McDanielAssociate professor, Department of Horticulture, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0327.

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To determine if and how plant materials were used in Virginia elementary school curricula, a survey was conducted on horticulture or gardening in elementary [Kindergarten-sixth grade (K-6)] education. To do this, 10 questionnaires and cover letters were sent to each of 100 randomly chosen elementary schools throughout Virginia. Based on a 34% response rate from a self-selected group of K-6 teachers, there was a relatively high level of interest (88%) regarding using horticulture or gardening in the classroom. A major goal of this survey was to determine what would encourage or facilitate incorporating horticulture or gardening into the curriculum.

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