Omani School Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors Towards Date palms: Investigating the Role of Gender and Geographical Regions
Khalsa Alaiwi 1, Abdullah Ambusaidi 2 *
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1 Biology teacher, Ministry of Education, OMAN
2 Humanities Research Centre, Sultan Qaboos University, OMAN
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Abstract

The date palm occupies a special place in the Arab cultural heritage in general, and the Omani heritage in particular. The development of the agricultural sector and date palms cultivation depend mainly on the human factor represented by the farmlands with scientific skills and knowledge. This study explores Omani school students’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors towards date palms in light of two variables: gender and geographical area. The research follows a descriptive method, where a questionnaire consisting of 50 phrases about the date palms was distributed (25 knowledge, 15 attitudes, and 10 behaviors). The sample consisted of 894 students (447 males and 447 females) randomly selected from different schools in two geographically different governorates or regions (Muscat and Dakhiliya). The results showed a lack in students’ knowledge of date palms, while they showed positive attitudes and behaviors. Knowledge about date palms among male and female students is the same, but attitudes and behaviors are more positive with male students than female students. In addition, students who live in Al-Dakhiliya (Interior) Governorate have more favorable attitudes and behaviors than those living in Muscat Governorate. The results also showed statistically significant differences at (α = 0.05) in the students’ attitudes and behaviors on the date palms due to the existence of date palms in their homes or a family member working in the agricultural field. This study highlights the importance of developing a strategic plan to generate interest in date palms among school students across Oman.

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Article Type: Research Article

https://doi.org/10.29333/ejmste/8552

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2020 - Volume 16 Issue 11, Article No: em1898

Publication date: 27 Sep 2020

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