Garden Learning Program supporting young unemployed adults: a participant perspective

Jelkänen, Jenni (2017) Garden Learning Program supporting young unemployed adults: a participant perspective. Masters dissertation, University of Cumbria. Item availability may be restricted.

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Abstract

A Garden Learning Program, based in Helsinki, Finland, is harnessing gardening in tackling youth unemployment. Gardening has been shown to have many positive effects on human well-being in different settings and diverse target groups, but the literature does not touch upon young unemployed adults. The Finnish incentive of Learning Programs is widely used measure aiming to decrease the unemployment rates, but has not been the subject of research. The purpose of this research was to study how the Garden Learning Program works and what meanings and benefits the participants see in it. The study was conducted using ethnographic and case study strategies, among young unemployed adults who are taking part into the Garden Learning Program. As data collection methods, participative observation and semi-structured interview of five participants were used. The findings imply, that the participants can benefit from the program in many different ways. The program may also be useful in coping with unemployment. Meaningful aspects of the GLP are suggested to take into consideration when planning youth programs.

Item Type: Thesis/Dissertation (Masters)
Departments: Outdoor Studies
Additional Information: Dissertation presented in part fulfilment of the requirements of The Degree of Master in Arts in Outdoor and Experiential Learning, University of Cumbria 2017.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 24 May 2018 14:59
Last Modified: 24 May 2018 21:16
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3855

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