Promoting appreciation of cultural diversity and inclusion with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
Karen Block, Lisa Gibbs, Susie Macfarlane, Mardie Townsend
JOURNAL FOR MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION | EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2015
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present emergent findings from an evaluation of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden (SAKG) Program showing that the program promoted appreciation of cultural diversity and inclusion of culturally diverse groups. Design/methodology/approach – The findings reported here are from the qualitative component of a mixed-method, nonrandomized, pre- and post-comparison evaluation study. Focus groups and interviews were held with school principals, teachers, program specialist staff, parents, volunteers and children at the program schools. Findings – In a culturally diverse school, the program enhanced the school’s capacity to engage and include children an..View full abstract
The authors would like to acknowledge the generosity of the school communities who committed considerable time and effort to participate in the evaluation. The funding provided by the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation to conduct the evaluation is also acknowledged, as is the financial support the Foundation received for the evaluation from VicHealth, the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, Deakin University and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. At the time of paper preparation, Karen Block and Lisa Gibbs were supported by the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program.