(Re)Imagining the Responsible, National Citizen

Analysis of Moroccan Citizenship Education Textbooks


  • Hajar Idrissi Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Morocco https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0352-8612
  • Youssef Benabderrazik Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Morocco




Citizenship education in compulsory schooling plays a critical role in the level of engagement and abilities of young people to assume basic civic roles. Both internationally and nationally, there are increasing calls to reconsider the dominant approaches to citizenship education in order to address the pressing needs of the interdependent and interconnected 21st century global world. This paper analyzes citizenship education in the context of Morocco, considering whether, how and to what extent citizenship education in Morocco’s primary school social studies curriculum addresses themes of human rights; democracy and civic participation; and national and global citizenship. Qualitative data is generated from a sample of 4th, 5th and 6th grade social studies textbooks targeting students aged 9-12. The results indicate that citizenship education offers rather limited content and activities for students to improve their competencies for global learning, political literacy, respect for diversity, and critical thinking, suggesting the challenge in (re)imagining the construction of the predominant responsible, national Moroccan citizen. Keywords: Social studies textbooks, Education for citizenship, Human rights, Global citizenship, Morocco.

Author Biographies

Hajar Idrissi, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Morocco

Hajar Idrissi prepares a jointly supervised PhD in Education and Human Development Studies from Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University, Morocco and the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, the George Washington University, USA. She has been a visiting doctoral student at the Institute of Social Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia. Her main research interests focus on citizenship education policy trends; global citizenship education; curriculum and instruction; sustainable development; discourse analysis.

Youssef Benabderrazik, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Morocco

Professor at Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, Fes-Sais, Laboratory of Discourse, Creativity and Society: Perception and Implications, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Morocco. Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/scholar?as_allsubj=all&as_sauthors=%22Benabderrazik%2C+Youssef%22&as_q=


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