Content analysis of Religion and Life Curriculum in Terms of the Emphasis Put on Self-Esteem, Responsiveness, and Self-Actualization of Students

Document Type: Original Article

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Ph.D. Student in Curriculum Studies, Shiraz University.

Abstract

The emphasis on self-esteem, responsiveness, and self-actualization of high school students in Religion and Life textbooks was examined. The study was carried out as a quantitative content analysis. Study population and sample group consisted of three Religion and Life textbooks and three teacher’s guidebooks. The whole contents of the books were surveyed using a researcher-designed checklist based on the theoretical background and literature review. Validity of the tool was confirmed by the university professors at the School of Educational Sciences. The base units of analysis were the sentences in the textbooks and the teacher’s guidebooks. The results revealed that emphasis on self-esteem, responsiveness, and self-actualization was at low level in terms of objectives. Moreover, the emphasis on self-esteem, responsiveness, and self-actualization was at very low level in terms of contents of the textbooks and teacher’s guidebooks. Therefore, revising the contents of the textbooks by the curriculum planners and authors is recommended.
 

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