Good citizenship concept in the Palestinian curricula: content analysis for civic education textbooks

Author: Khaled Katalo


The study aimed to investigate the content of civic education textbooks for the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades at the primary stage in Palestine to establish whether the concept of good citizenship is actually contained in these textbooks. The analysis of the content of the textbooks was conducted on the basis 38-item list. The findings revealed that Palestinian curricula included many concepts of good citizenship which were repeatedly used in the curriculum and objectives of civic education textbooks for the above-mentioned grades at the primary stage. Furthermore, the degree of recurrence of these concepts was not the same in these grades. The results also revealed that civic education textbooks focused on the available theoretical knowledge as a source of information, and there was a noticeable lack of certain concepts of good citizenship from the content. These concepts are not inclusively taught, nor equally distributed in all the textbooks of the three grades. Implications of the findings and directions for future empirical research are briefly discussed.


Keywords: Citizenship, civic education, curricula, primary stage, Palestine.


Khaled Katalo, PhD. Educational Sciences (Measurement & Evaluation), Assistant Professor, Al-Quds Open University, Palestine. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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