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International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, v12 n2 p195-211 2017

The Sultanate of Oman is beginning to experience a rapid increase in what are termed "lifestyle diseases," most notably diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. These appear to be linked to increasing poor dietary habits, particularly an increase in the consumption of "junk" foods 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 pilot 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. Other findings from the study were rather mixed.

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Gardening, Grade 7, Health Promotion, Nutrition, Eating Habits, Life Style, Mixed Methods Research, Teaching Methods, Science Education, Program Effectiveness, Pretests Posttests, Knowledge Level, Student Attitudes, Science Tests, Interviews, Multivariate Analysis

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Autor: Ambusaidi, Abdulla; Al-Yahyai, Rashid; Taylor, Subhashni; Taylor, Neil


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