EDST 498R: Exploring Hands-On Classroom Gardening as Science Curriculum

July 4 – July 21 (Monday to Thursday)    |    1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Format: In-person


Science curriculum takes many forms. One form, hands-on science education, can be an effective tool in your classroom. In this class we will focus on one hands-on science curriculum form, classroom gardening.

The course will be composed of four parts. In this course you will: 1) set up a classroom garden and learning the skills of creating garden beds and flats, germinating seeds, basic deadheading and propagating; 2) explore issues of social justice in science education through theory and research as related to classroom gardening; 3) utilize, peer teach and analyze premade classroom garden curriculum and; 4) innovate and teach your own classroom gardening lessons.

In this studio style seminar, you will learn by doing and working collaboratively. It will be a physical course, you will move, make, try and reflect for improvement. Mistakes are an essential part of the learning process in a studio style seminar.

The studio structure of the class will be:

  • While students are actively engaged, they will learn the skills needed to successfully set up their own classroom garden. There will be limited lectures.
  • Students have ongoing projects and readings and will maintain their progress. Responsibility for learning is placed on the students.
  • Reading discussions in class will allow for individual and collective processing and learning.
  • Course activities build on each other, providing a dynamic and integrated learning environment that emphasizes personal and collective intellectual development and content learning.

At the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Create garden beds, germinate seeds, dead head, and propagate in the garden
  • Utilize and assess premade science curriculum lessons and activities
  • Design, teach and assess hands-on gardening science activities
  • Consider sociocultural issues and social justice issues when using curriculum
  • Explain the complexity of dynamic ecosystems and the contributions of school and or classroom gardening

Dr. Sumer Seiki

Dr. Seiki has served in education for well over twenty years. For her research contributions to teacher education and interdisciplinary research, Dr. Seiki recently won the 2020 American Education Research Association Early Career Award from the Narrative SIG. Recently at the University of California, Riverside School of Education she was the Assistant Dean and Director of Teacher Education Programs. In this role, she directed the teacher education credential programs and partnered with local school districts. She was also an associate professor of teacher education at University of San Francisco exploring familial curriculum, ethic studies, community cultural wealth, and science teacher education. Dr. Seiki has a breadth of knowledge of teacher credentialing, earning her multiple subject teacher credential from the bilingual multicultural teacher education program. She is dedicated to creating more inclusive schools and classrooms.

Dr. Seiki’s also has a strong record in plant biology. She earned her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology. She taught introductory plant biology and biology courses at a few California universities. She brings her years of plant research and teaching to our campus.

How to register

This course is limited to Bachelor of Education, OSE graduate students, OSE certificate or diploma students, and practicing educators only.

To register for courses, please visit the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have current Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at through the Non-Degree Access Studies Application.

If you require assistance, please email sie.education@ubc.ca

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have current Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.