PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS OF TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN NIGERIA

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PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS OF TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN NIGERIA

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to examine the factors hindering effective teaching and learning of Social Studies courses in the Nigerian Secondary Schools. And also identifies ways by these factors responsible for the poor growth of Social Studies education can be reduced or eliminated. The population of study comprises of teachers and students in six selected secondary schools in Esan Local Government area, Edo State. The researcher used hand delivery and on the spot collection in administering the questionnaire. This was influenced by the delay and loss of questionnaires inherent mailing system. For the purpose of this study, a sample was randomly obtained from the population. Students possessed different experience on the basis of their various level of study.

The study reveals that there is a poor attitudinal disposition to Social Studies courses. In his conclusion, this attitudinal variation subsequently affects the enrolment of candidates into Social Studies and technical education programme in Nigerian Secondary Schools.

The study also found that there is a dearth of infrastructures in the Nigerian Secondary Schools, this and the luke warm attitude of government towards the educational sector is affecting the growth of Social Studies courses in the Nigerian Secondary Schools.

 

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY

Social Studies was introduced in the Nigerian School Curriculum as part of the instrumentfor achieving national development (National Policy on Education (NPE) 1981). This was whatinformed its designation as part of the core curriculum at different levels of education in Nigeria.

Social Studies curriculum development agencies such as the Nigerian Educational Research andDevelopment Council (NERDC) and experts further identified and disseminated the curriculumgoals or purposes of the subject in the school curriculum. These include citizenship education,reflective inquiry and social science education, (Barth-shermis, 1920; Barth-Norris, 1976; Dubeyand Barth, 1980; Olawepo, 1984) among others. These broadly stated goals must be clare to,and recognized as important as well as attainable by teachers and other participants connectedwith the Curriculum if the intentions or purposes must be realized and the investment of effort isto be considered worthwhile (Feather, 1982; Meece, Blumenfeld, & Hoyle, 1988). Theseintentions or purposes are prima facie stated with clarity, but their perception or conceptualizationby teachers and scholars is still in doubt as Onyabe (1980) observed that the philosophy, contentand methodology of social studies has remained vague to both scholars and teachers. Theincidence of conflicting conceptions of social studies curriculum is a cause for concern for threemajor reasons. First, the anchor or strategic position of purposes or intentions in the curriculumdevelopment process (Pratt, 1994) as illustrated in Tyler (1949) (Linear) and Wheeler (1980)(cyclic) curriculum models, among others.

Secondly, curriculum goals or purposes, are indispensable elements in instructions as faras effective implementation of an already developed curriculum is concerned. Thirdly, the correctconception, investment of efforts and ultimate realization of the purposes of the curriculum willfacilitate the realization of the overall aims of the Nigerian educational enterprise.

PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS OF TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN NIGERIA

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