JORDANIAN STUDENTS ATTITUDES TOWARD SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION

Abstract

Author(s): Alazzi F. KHALED

The purpose of this study was to explore, in depth, the attitudes of middle school and secondary school students about social studies in Jordan’s Irbid Province, with teacher and learning variables. Using a qualitative research approach, two groups of eighth and eleventh grade students was interviewed in the Irbid Province of Jordan regarding their perceptions of social studies. A total of forty-eight students were selected to participate in this qualitative study. The research revealed that the students in both middle school and secondary school valued social studies, while at the same time they did not rate social studies as their most favorite courses. Students indicated that many teachers continued to depend on textbooks and lectures as the main method for teaching. In addition, students put a high value on teacher enthusiasm and encouragements. Generally speaking, in 2004 Alazzi and Chiodo concluded that “social studies not favorite subject for male social studies students in Jordan. Some eight years later, the same can be said regarding females social studies. The study recommended that to improve social studies education in Jordan, the Ministry of Education should abandon its role of selecting and controlling subjects included in the social studies curricula. Social studies curricula should be revised to include the most recent available information and to reflect contemporary research in social studies education in order to prepare young Jordanians for the new millennium.

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