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Title: Introducing School Gardens to the Omani Context: A Preliminary Study with Grade 7 Classes
Contributor(s): Ambusaidi, Abdullah (author); Al-Yahyai, Rashid (author); Taylor, Neil  (author)orcid ; Taylor, Subhashni  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2018
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.12973/ejmste/80859Open Access Link
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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.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 14(3), p. 1043-1055
Publisher: Eurasia Publishing House
Place of Publication: Turkey
ISSN: 1305-8223
Field of Research (FOR): 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
130106 Secondary Education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 930201 Pedagogy
930103 Learner Development
930402 School/Institution Community and Environment
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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