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Chapman University

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Spring 2015

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Jordan: Modernization and Social Change


In the field of peacebuilding, education reform is the most tangible way to propel forward and build positive change. Access to schooling is not the only factor that will eradicate structural violence and inequality in our world. This can be seen with violence and inequality increasing even though educational enrollment has reached upwards of 90% in developing areas. We must begin a movement to learn from educational systems already in place, to pinpoint their strengths and expand on them, discover possible themes to change, and suggest diverse avenues to overcome obstacles for achieving social justice and peace. The ensuing research paper is the beginning of this movement, highlighting lessons to be learned from the educational philosophy and objectives in The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The philosophy and objectives of education,and the actions encouraged to apply these, show better than any other marker, the social project of a country. Jordan has a history of emphasis on educational reforms and boasts important improvements in literacy, school enrollment, and social stability. In 2015 King Abdullah II will launch the latest educational reforms to renew the current structures and content. This research was carried out throughout 4 weeks to gage how the philosophy of Jordan’s education system is taught and applied by students. Interviews and focus groups with students between 8th and 11th grades were the main methods for data collection, as well as analysis of material culture, informal observation, and secondary sources.


Community-Based Learning | Community-Based Research | Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Educational Sociology | Education Law | Near and Middle Eastern Studies


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