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Title: School Gardening in Early Childhood Education in Oman: A pilot project with Grade 2 Students
Contributor(s): Ambusaidi, Abdulla (author); Al-Yahyai, Rashid (author); Taylor, Subhashni (author); Taylor, Neil  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2019-03
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.33828/sei.v30.i1.6Open Access Link
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Abstract: While school gardens are familiar in many Western contexts and research has reported significant pedagogical and affective is correct benefits of these resources, there is limited reporting of their use in non-western contexts. A pilot school gardening project involving a quasi-experimental mixed method design was undertaken in the Sultanate of Oman with several Grade 2 and Grade 7 classes to determine if this resource might provide benefits in this particular context. This paper reports on the findings for the Grade 2 cohort. While these findings were somewhat mixed and need to be treated tentatively given that the study was a pilot, they do suggest that school gardens in Oman could provide affective and possible health benefits for students. The potential health benefits could be particularly significant because the Omani population is beginning to exhibit a rapid increase in “lifestyle diseases,” most notably diabetes and cardiovascular illnesses. These illnesses appear to be linked to poor dietary habits and a more sedentary lifestyle among the younger generation.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Science Education International, 30(1), p. 45-55
Publisher: International Council of Associations for Science Education
Place of Publication: Turkey
ISSN: 2077-2327
Field of Research (FOR): 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 930103 Learner Development
930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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