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Norcross, Lindsay [1], Link-Perez, Melanie [1].

Investigating Bonsai as an Alternative Curriculum for Teaching Botanical Science to School-Aged Children.

Bonsai, which means “tray tree”, refers to the cultivation and training of a plant to a height of less than one meter. There is evidence of bonsai being developed in China before the Sung Period (960-1279 CE) and adopted later by the Japanese following the influx of Buddhism and the Zen way of life. The art of cultivating miniature trees and shrubs was especially desirable in Japan due to the country’s comparatively small land mass and because it allowed for gardening within strict environmental constraints. In the United States, bonsai is typically regarded as a relaxing pastime for the botanical enthusiast; however, we think cultivating miniature trees has the potential to be a vital learning tool for both educators and students. The goal of our research is to develop a botanical curriculum based on bonsai for the purpose of engaging students while still addressing the logistical limitations of a typical classroom setting. To maximize the utility of a bonsai-centered curriculum we are working with several species to determine those plants that are best suited for growth and reasonably-rapid development in the classroom as well as linking each phase of cultivation and observation with numerous Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). We will be sharing our preliminary results and a sampling of curricular tie-ins that address the objectives of the NGSS.

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1 - Armstrong State University, Biology, 11935 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA, 31419, USA

botanical education

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 18, Teaching Section Papers Session I
Location: 101/Savannah International Trade and Convention Center
Date: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM
Number: 18007
Abstract ID:208
Candidate for Awards:None

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