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Education programs in the LFS Orchard Garden and Agora Café : creating a survey for Think&EatGreen@School Summer Institute Chang, Candy; Dobson, Tannis; Kwok, Dorothy; Perrin, Jenn; Tse, Miranda


The Think&EatGreen@School project is developing a Summer Institute, a three-day seminar that provides teachers with a professional development opportunity to learn how to strengthen the connections between components of the food system within their schools. The goal of this project was to design a survey that will determine what kind of workshops should be implemented into the Summer Institute that will help to provide teachers with ideas and resources for garden based professional development. A literature review was first conducted by using Designing Surveys: a guide to decisions and procedures by Ronald Czaja and Johnny Blair. Information was then collected using various websites, including thinkeatgreen.ca as our primary source. While developing the survey, we were mindful to keep the questions succinct, to minimize the use of open-ended questions, negative connotations and leading questions, and to use universal language. The completion of the final survey came after extensive revising and countless editing. The online survey software SurveyMonkey was first used but because a subscription was required for surveys exceeding ten questions, we were advised by the LFS IT department to use the Google spreadsheet program instead. This turned out to be a good option as it automatically interprets and analyzes the survey questions. One limitation of using the Google survey is that we are unsure if the format complies with the ethics regulations compliance for distribution; therefore we recommend that our stakeholders deal with this issue accordingly. To future LFS students, we recommend following our methods for creating a survey as they were successful for this project. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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