Reality of Educational Thought and Its Role in Social Change in Jordan from the Perspective of Educational Experts: A Qualitative Study

Shuangxin Xu, Mohammad Amin Al-Qudah


The present study aimed to explore the reality of educational thought in Jordan and its role in making social change from the perspective of experts in education. A qualitative approach is adopted. In-depth interviews were conducted with experts in the field education in Jordan (i.e. a former minister of the Ministry of Education, 3 faculty members specialized in education and 2 university presidents). It was found that educational thought in Jordan led to making several positive social changes, such positive changes include as follows: change in the value, moral, behavioral and economic system, a much more positive attitude towards education of woman, a change to what is considered taboo in professions, meanwhile negative changes such as loss of Jordanian identity and unemployment is deeply concerned. Regarding the reality of the (educational thought) in Jordan, the dominant educational thought in Jordan today is a mixture of different trends, affected by the western ideologies and thoughts due to globalization, with the respect of Islamic fundamental principles.

Keywords:  educational thought, Jordan, social change.

DOI: 10.7176/JEP/11-30-10

Publication date:October 31st 2020

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