The Principles of Law Sovereignty Included in the Textbooks of Social Studies for the Upper Basic Stage in Jordan




Textbooks of social studies, upper primary stage, principles of law sovereignty, content analysis


Objectives: This study aims to investigate the principles of law sovereignty included in the textbooks of Social Studies for the upper primary stage, mainly eighth, ninth, and tenth grades in Jordan.

Methods: The descriptive analytical method was adopted by content analysis based on an arbitrated list consisting of (5) domains for law sovereignty, which are legitimacy, legal guarantee, preventing the bad usage of authority, equity before the law with no discrimination, and achieving justice. Each domain included several principles of law sovereignty with a total of (54) principles. The study sample consisted of (18) textbooks. The study instrument was verified in terms of validity and reliability.

Results: The results revealed that the most frequent domain was legitimacy, while the least frequent domain was the third domain which is preventing the bad usage of authority. The study also revealed that the most frequent principle was principle no. (14) "the content suggests that laws advocate obtaining various rights," which was mentioned in the national and civil textbook of the ninth grade. The textbooks of the three grades did not include (11) domains. Moreover, the highest percentage that included the principles of law sovereignty was in the textbooks of social studies of the tenth grade, while the lowest percentage was in the textbooks of social studies of the eighth grade.

Conclusions: The study recommends the necessity of including more principles of law sovereignty in the third domain in the textbooks of social studies by the curriculum developers and designers.


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How to Cite

Al-Ma’aitah, L. M. A., & Al-Jarrah , A. A. (2023). The Principles of Law Sovereignty Included in the Textbooks of Social Studies for the Upper Basic Stage in Jordan. Dirasat: Educational Sciences, 50(3), 267–285.



Received 2022-09-17
Accepted 2023-01-08
Published 2023-10-22