The Notion Of A Garden As A Metaphor For Curriculum

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Ross’ (2000) article ‘Curriculum Gardening’ explores the notion of a garden as a metaphor for curriculum in education. According to the Catholic Education Office Sydney (2014), the curriculum is not just a document, but a framework that is put in place to nurture student learning and allow students to be engaged in meaningful and purposeful learning experiences that will create life-long learners. It is Ross’ view that ‘Curriculum Gardening’ is a sound metaphor, because just like a garden students are given the chance to grow and learn.

It is the author’s view that in education, the nature of curriculum is continuously changing and as educators we have not yet found a 'successful curriculum '. Ross (2000) suggests that a reform of the curriculum needs to be undertaken and that as educators we need to continuously evaluate and critically challenge our curriculum frameworks for the growing changes in society. He continues his metaphor and uses the imagery of a garden to highlight what gardens are used for by society. Ross (2000) suggests that gardens can be used for a number of different purposes; whether it be to provide food, as a means of exercise, for leisure reasons or simply as a means of relaxation. He also asks the question “who are gardens for?” and what is their purpose (Ross, 2000, p.2). Ross (2000) uses this metaphor to argue the importance that when developing a curriculum, educators first need to consider what the purpose of the curriculum is and who is the
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