A critique of water scarcity discourses in educational policy and textbooks in Jordan

Hussam Hussein

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This article investigates the representation of water scarcity in Jordanian textbooks to understand its role on improving education on environmental sustainability. People's understanding of an issue guides their actions toward finding and implementing appropriate solutions to what they perceive as a problem. Discourses are key in constructing people's understanding of issues, in this case, water scarcity. This article shows the role of textbooks and of the educational system in constructing a discourse of water scarcity that frames the issue as due to nature, to neighboring countries, and to refugees. It then demonstrates how this framing opens and drives toward supply-side solutions and discusses to what extent the representations of water scarcity strive to achieve a better education on environmental sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-271
Number of pages12
JournalThe Journal of Environmental Education
Issue number3
Early online date25 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Jordan
  • Water scarcity
  • Discourse Analysis
  • educational policy
  • textbooks

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