Haven som rum for sproglig læring for asylansøgere

Anna Ida Hallgaard Jonsson & Millie Cammilla Weng

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The purpose of this project is to investigate how the use of the garden and working in the garden, can be used as an alternative to the traditional schoolform, and thereby create a new learning space for asylum seekers. Empirically the project will be based on qualitative interviews with three asylum seekers. The focus of the interviews is their experiences of learning the danish language through a language school connected to the asylum center, and a course through the socioeconomic enterprise New Roots (Nye Rødder). The theoretical outset for the project is critical psychology with a focus on the first-person perspective. The project’s empirical data will be related to concepts within the critical psychology and Jean Lave’s theory of situated learning. The critical psychological concepts includes day-to-day way of life, consistency of actions (handlesammenhænge), context (kontekst), and participation (deltagelse). Furthermore Ole Dreier will be used to conceptualize learning from a critical psychological point of view. In the analysis, the themes found relevant are learning and language learning, sense of community, and the garden as a space for learning. These themes are discussed in connected to the establishment of a good learning space, where the recognition of the subjects identity forging practices are in focus as wells as the collective sense of community and the action of doing something meaningful together as a group. The project concludes that the elements of a good space for learning are not singularly connected to the garden, and can be transferred to many other spaces of learning such as a kitchen and artisanal workshops. The garden does though contain the functions which we have concluded are relevant to creating a good space for learning. Furthermore the garden has special capabilities which relates to its soothing effects which is particularly relevant for a vulnerable group such as asylum seekers. Therefore we may conclude that the garden might serve as an good alternative space of learning in opposition to the traditional school.

UddannelserPsykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato14 jun. 2016
VejledereCharlotte Grum


  • practice
  • asylum seekers
  • nature
  • to do
  • Gardening
  • informal learning