Entrepreneurship skills are isolated from school science curricula in the context of Nepal. The study explores the students' engagement in the school garden for entrepreneurship resulting in sustainable education. It explicitly reconnoiters the interconnection between entrepreneurship skills through mushroom farming and the curricula of basic-level public schools. Also, the study explores the pedagogical approaches to contextualized teaching and learning for sustainable education for a new good life. A qualitative research design under the interpretivism paradigm with a purposive sampling technique was employed to select the schools and the research participants. Qualitative data were collected through eighteen in-depth interviews and nine focus group discussions and were analyzed using the Atlas-ti software. The study found that students, parents, and teachers actively engaged in mushroom farming in the school connected activities with curricula and enjoyed learning by earning. The contribution of this study chiefly lies in making a new good life through mushroom farming for economically backward parents. It is recommended that the Ministry of Education of Nepal’s government needs to formulate policies regarding entrepreneurship-based sustainable education in the context of school education in Nepal.
qualitative research, interpretivism paradigm, entrepreneurship, mushroom cultivation, school garden, sustainable education
We want to thank reviewers Antonio Gutierrez and Ron Chenail for providing scholarly guidance and corrections to prepare this paper in its final form. We are grateful to other reviewers and editors of the TQR for their suggestions, comments, and directions that helped make this article publishable. Likewise, we would like to thank students, teachers, and parents who contributed largely to this study by engaging themselves in the school gardens. Likewise, we are indebted to the Research Coordination, and Development Council (RCDC), Tribhuvan University (http://tribhuvan-university.edu.np/), Nepal, 2022 for providing the National Priority Area Research Grants. Sincere thanks go out to the Research Management Committee members for providing us with scholarly guidance.
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Acharya, K. P., Acharya, M., & Somai Magar, K. B. (2023). Gardening at School for New Good Life: Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Education in the Public Schools in Nepal. The Qualitative Report, 28(6), 1817-1834. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2023.6104