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

Ambusaidi, Abdulla, Al-Yahyai, Rashid, Taylor, Neil, and Taylor, Subhashni (2018) Introducing school gardens to the Omani context: a preliminary study with grade 7 classes. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 14 (3). pp. 1043-1055.

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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.

Item ID: 59850
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1305-8223
Keywords: diet, mixed methods, Oman, pilot study, school gardening
Copyright Information: © Authors. Terms and conditions of Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) apply.
Funders: Omani Research Council
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2020 19:10
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130106 Secondary Education @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 50%
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