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Sustainability and education through social networks. Presence and visibility of the school garden on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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2021-12-01
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Universidad Pablo de Olavide
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The use of school gardens as an educational practice in Spanish educational centers has recently regained greater prominence and significance, especially within the framework of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. However, the presence and visibility of school gardens as well as the ways in which centers use them remain little known to the educational community. Furthermore, in a world where our lives are increasingly governed by the digital and the Internet, social networks arise as fantastic tools to give prominence and disseminate the educational actions which take place in schools. Seeking to ascertain the extent to which school gardens are visible and present on social media, as well as how schools use those school gardens, we carried out the collection and analysis of the last 100 posts appearing with the hashtag #huertoescolar on three social networks: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. It follows from the results obtained not only that educational centers record these practices preferably on Twitter, then on Facebook and finally on Instagram, but also that they utilize school gardens mostly to ensure the practical application of the theoretical contents taught in different academic subjects as well as to encourage students' environmental awareness. Greater use of school gardens is still needed to work on Sustainable Development Goals, though.
El uso del huerto escolar como práctica educativa en los centros educativos españoles ha recobrado enl os últimos tiempos un mayor protagonismo y trascendencia, especialmente en el marco de la Agenda 2030 sobre el Desarrollo Sostenible. Sin embargo, la presencia, visibilidad y usos que los centros hacen de los huertos escolares sigue siendo algo poco conocido para la comunidad educativa. Por otro lado, en un mundo donde lo digital e Internet están cada vez más presentes en uestras vidas, las redes sociales son unas fantásticas herramientas para dar visibilidad y comunicar las acciones educativas que tienen lugar en los centros educativos. Con la idea de conocer cómo de visibles y presentes están los huertos escolares en las redes sociales, así como los usos que de ellos se hacen en los centroseducativos,llevamos a cabo la recolección y el análisis de las 100 últimas publicaciones que con el hashtag #huertoescolar se produjeron en tres redes sociales: Twitter, Facebook e Instagram. De los resultados obtenidos se desprende que los centros educativos dejan constancia de estas prácticas preferentemente en Twitter, después en Facebook y por último en Instagram y que los usos que dan a los huertos escolares son mayoritariamente como aplicación práctica de los contenidos teóricos de diferentes materias académicas y para la sensibilización medioambiental del alumnado. Se echa en falta un mayor uso de estos para trabajar los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible.
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IJERI: International journal of Educational Research and Innovation, ISSN-e 2386-4303, n. 16, 2021, págs. 122-141
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