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Skolträdgården i folkskolans miljö på Gotland: med exempel från Bunge- och Stenkumla skola
Gotland University, School of Culture, Energy and Environment.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The school gardens of the elementary schools on Gotland : with examples from Bunge- and Stenkumla schools (English)
Abstract [en]

The thesis explores the phenomena of historic school gardens connected to elementary schools on Gotland, Sweden. Gotland had the highest percentage of school gardens connected to the elementary schools in Sweden, and by investigating this area much can be learned about the Swedish conditions. The study focus on the period in time when the school gardens were most frequent and used the most, to the point in time when they start losing ground. To bridge over the past to the present the thesis also investigates what is left and play with the thought of possible ways to treat the remains. 

The main question for the thesis is: How could a school garden on Gotland be constructed and be used 1907 – 1947?

And a follow up question is: What could still be there today and how can/should the remains be treated and conserved? 

The thesis begin with an overview look at the school gardens of Sweden, closes in with on Gotland and completes with a deeper investigation of two examples of school gardens; Bunge and Stenkumla elementary schools. They serve as examples of what have been and by investigating them the shape and content of the school garden are learnt and the questions will seek to be answered. Bunge school has been a museum since the 1950s. Stenkumla school was used as a school to 2005 and is now privately owned. Ex students have been interviewed and shared their experiences from the environment and the daily work.  The thesis states that it was a common phenomenon on Gotland but the attending pupils often came from families of farmers and were used to work at home from an early age. In the early history of School gardens the pupils often worked in the teachers’ garden, causing protest. The teacher played an important role in founding the school garden. The two studies show school gardens, separated from the teachers gardens, that were established 1907 and 1916/17 that were in use until 1945 and 1946/47. Stenkumla school garden was always small and no obvious remains are left. Bunge was a bigger construction with more fruit trees and a clearer plan. The area of the school garden is still open, with remaining fruit trees and surrounding trees.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 59 p.
Keyword [sv]
Skolträdgårdar, Gotland
National Category
Social and Economic Geography Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-1645OAI: diva2:576427
Subject / course
Cultural Heritage Preservation
Educational program
Building Conservation Program
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-12-13 Created: 2012-12-12 Last updated: 2013-07-01Bibliographically approved

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