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Children's Perceptions of Plants Following Their Visit to the Eden Project

Research in Science & Technological Education Volume 22, Number 2, ISSN 0263-5143


The study described is part of a larger research programme designed to investigate primary aged children's learning during a visit to the Eden Project. Children from eight primary schools were interviewed approximately four weeks after a one-day, teacher-led visit to the Eden Project (EP) in Cornwall. Their responses revealed that the children enjoyed their visit to the EP and were affected by the sensory experience of being immersed in such a profusion of plants from around the world. The children showed interest in the plants that were relevant to their lives but were often unsure of the relationship between plants, people and resources. The analysis highlights the need for teachers to integrate a visit to the EP within their school's curriculum, particularly in respect of prior preparation and mediation, in order to capitalize effectively on the children's experiences during their visit to the Eden Project.


Bowker, R. (2004). Children's Perceptions of Plants Following Their Visit to the Eden Project. Research in Science & Technological Education, 22(2), 227-243. Retrieved March 21, 2023 from .

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