Introducing school gardens to the Omani context: A preliminary study with grade 7 classes

Abdulla Ambusaidi, Rashid Al-Yahyai, Neil Taylor, Subhashni Taylor

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Abstract

The Sultanate of Oman is beginning to experience a rapid increase in 'lifestyle' diseases, most notably diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. These may be linked to increasing poor dietary habits, and a more sedentary lifestyle, amongst the younger generation. In a number of Western contexts, school gardens have been shown to improve not only student attitudes to diet but also improved learning and affective outcomes. A pilot school gardening project involving a mixed method quasi-experimental design was undertaken in Oman with a number of Grade 7 classes. While the outcomes of this study should be treated tentatively, the quantitative findings indicate that employing school gardens as an educational resource might improve learning outcomes in the area of science skill development. The qualitative findings suggested that the project had a positive impact on the affective domain of students and in some cases encouraged them to pursue healthier eating habits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1043-1055
Number of pages13
JournalEurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018

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Keywords

  • Diet
  • Mixed methods
  • Oman
  • Pilot study
  • School gardening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Mathematics

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