The Inclusion Of Career And Life Skills In Social Studies Curriculum For Primary Education In The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

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Tahani Salman Alangari , Fay Abdullah Alotaibi , Sarah Saleem Alotaibi


The study aimed to identify the degree of inclusion of career and life skills in social studies curriculum for the sixth grade of primary school in the education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as one of the classifications conducted by the partnership for twenty-first century skills (P21) and the most appropriate to the nature of the social studies curriculum, and to reveal the career and life skills that must be available in the curriculum Social Studies. To achieve the objective of the study, the analytical descriptive approach was used, and the study instrument consisted of preparing a list of career and life skills and converting it into a content analysis card, which included five main skills, ten sub-skills, and twenty-five indicators. The results of the study found a general decline in the availability of career and life skills in the social studies curriculum for the sixth grade, and in varying proportions, as the frequencies of the second semester amounted to (74) times, at a rate of (44.58%), and the frequencies of the third semester amounted to (70) times, at a rate of up to ( 42.17%), when the first semester came with a number of frequency of (22) times, with a percentage of (13.25%), however, there was no explanation on how to acquire these skills. Considering career and life skills as an essential component of 21st century skills, it is recommended to update the social studies curriculum, distributing these skills across the academic content in a more balanced manner, and invoking a 21st century perspective in the core approach and curriculum philosophy.                                                                 

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