The Extent of Conformity Between The Perceptions of Some Jordanians Towards Reasons for Violent Extremism and Terrorism and Ways of Treating Them, Theapproaches Explaining and Regulating Them and Their Impact on Developing a Social Services Curriculum

Authors

Hajar Turki Nassar, Associate Professor
Social Sciences – University of Qatar- Qatar.

Abstract

This study aims at answering its main question: What is the extent of conformity between the perceptions of some Jordanians towards reasons for extremism and violent terrorism and ways of treating them, and applied scientific approaches explaining and regulating them and the Impact they have on developing a curriculum for students studying Social Services in Jordanian universities? This shall be conducted using the integrative approach in both its qualitative and quantitative forms and through its research methods involving analysis of the content of documents, intended observation, comparison, analysis of available data and information and reasoning. Its study population and sample consists of two parts. The first is the perceptions of participants involved in the preparation stages of the National Strategic Framework for Countering Violent Extremism, participants involved in the preparation meetings outlining the Jordan Vision pillars and feedback from them, and participants involved in the workshops of the Middle East Faith, Peace and Development Project. The total number of participants in all three projects mentioned above are 1080, 10 and 200 consecutively. The second part is the mono and multi-approaches explaining violent extremism and terrorism mentioned by the study in its theoretical framework adding up to nine approaches in total, four mono and five multi ones. The study results revealed that the extent of conformity between the perceptions of studied Jordanians towards the reasons for violence and terrorism and ways of treating them, and applied scientific approaches explaining and regulating them is large at a rate of (77.77%). This has a large impact on the development of a curriculum for students studying Social Services in Jordanian universities. This curriculum shall consist of three cognitive, social, emotional and behavioral aspects, each of which shall have its own objectives and educational outputs.