Life Skills Incorporated in the Sharia Sciences Courses at the Elementary Stage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


  • Thabet Al-Kahlan



Skills, life skill, Islamic sciences courses, elementary stage, inclusion.


This study aimed at identifying the extent of incorporation, distribution, and balance of life skills in Islamic sciences courses (Hadith, Jurisprudence and Behavior) in the three upper grades in elementary stage. The study population and sample included the entire content of the students and activities’ textbooks for the courses of (Hadith, Jurisprudence and Behavior) in the three upper grades of elementary schools. The dimensions of life skills studied were time management, decision-making, problem-solving, social communication, personal skills and higher thinking skills). The study used the descriptive analytical approach in collecting and analyzing data. The results showed that the life skills' dimensions were distributed unevenly in Islamic sciences courses (Hadith, Jurisprudence and Behavior). The results also showed that the dimension of social communication was incorporated more than the remaining dimensions and that the dimensions of personal skills and higher thinking skills were fairly incorporated in some courses. The rest of the dimensions of life skills were incorporated with a less-than-expected ration and the time management field was among the least incorporated fields, which requires reconsideration of life skills distribution and incorporation in these courses to create a balanced distribution.


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