Abstract

Loss of one’s home, conditions of shelter life, and abuse that often precipitate homelessness result in diminished self-efficacy and hope. Adult education programs for homeless women often follow a remedial rather than a developmental model. This mixed method study investigated a unique program in garden-based learning for homeless women to better understand how this type of adult education program contributed to the women’s hope and self-efficacy.

Keywords

garden-based learning, homeless women, hope, self-efficacy

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“For a Moment I Feel Free”: Homeless Women and a Garden-Based Learning Program

Loss of one’s home, conditions of shelter life, and abuse that often precipitate homelessness result in diminished self-efficacy and hope. Adult education programs for homeless women often follow a remedial rather than a developmental model. This mixed method study investigated a unique program in garden-based learning for homeless women to better understand how this type of adult education program contributed to the women’s hope and self-efficacy.