ATTITUDE OF STUDENTS TOWARDS THE STUDY OF SOCIAL STUDIES IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

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ATTITUDE OF STUDENTS TOWARDS THE STUDY OF SOCIAL STUDIES IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

ABSTRACT

            Attitudinal studies have been areas of exploration by many researchers because of the desire to gain insights into the foundation of such attitudes and the variables that influence their formation.  This study did an investigation into the analysis of the attitude of students towards the study of social studies.  One hundred (100) secondary school students provided the data for the investigation.

            The following findings were made at the end of collecting questionnaire and analysis of data:  Students have positive attitudes towards the study of social studies.  It was also observed that lots of factors positively influences students attitude towards the study of social studies.

            It was also discovered that a lot of factors can positively impove the attitude of students towards the study of social studies.

            Based on the findings recommendations, were made and some include:  The need for schools and teachers to motivate students with positive attitude towards the study of social studies in schools.

            The need for government to look seriously into the factors that influence students’ attitudes towards the study of social studies such as non-availability of teaching aids in the teaching of social studies, the frequent transfer of teachers from one school to the other etc. by providing relevant teaching aids for the teaching of social studies and stop transferring teachers from one school to the other on a regular bases.

            The need for the government to look into those factors that can improve the attitude of students towards the study of social studies by providing conducive learning environment for studying social studies, adequate learning facilities, non-transfer of teachers from one school to the other.  The government should also embark on the training of more social studies teachers and enlighten the public on the need for social studies in the society.

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title page                                                                                                                  i

Certification                                                                                                                        ii

Dedication                                                                                                               iii

Acknowledgement                                                                                     iv

Abstract                                                                                                                    v

Table of Centents                                                                                                   vii

CHAPTER ONE:  INTRODUCTION

Background to the Study                                                                                      1

Statement of the problem                                                                                    5

Research Questions                                                                                               7

Research Hypothesis                                                                                             7

Purpose of the Study                                                                                             8

Significance of the Study                                                                                     8         

Scope of the Study                                                                                                 10

Limitation of the Study                                                                                        10

CHAPTER TWO:  LITERATURE REVIEW

Introduction                                                                                                            12

The Concept of Attitude                                                                                       18

The Concept of Learning in Relation to Social Studies                                22

Gender and Learning Experiences                                                                    28

The Role of Social Studies in the Society                                                          33       

CHAPTER THREE:  METHODOLOGY

Research Design                                                                                                     44

Population of the Study                                                                                        44

Sample and Sampling Technique                                                                      44

Instrument used for Data Collection                                                                45

Validity and Reliability of Instruments                                                            46

Administration of Instrument and Collection                                               47

Method of Data Analysis                                                                                     47

CHAPTER FOUR

Data Analysis and Discussion of Findings                                                      48

CHAPTER FIVE:  SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND

RECOMMENDATIONS

Summary                                                                                                                  57

Conclusion                                                                                                               58

Recommendations                                                                                                 59

Suggestions for Further Research                                                                      60

References                                                                                                                62

Appendix                                                                                                                 65       
CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

 

Background to the Study

          Over the years, there have been growing concerns about the attitude of students towards the study of social studies in secondary schools.  The need to adapt our education to the needs of the Nigerian society started before and after independence.  Many educational elites began to recognize that the functional inadequacies of the educational system inherited from the colonial education failed to develop positive values, attitues and habits in our society because the social studies they taught was British oriented and has nothing to offer to the Nigerian child.

Fafunwa (1974) observed that the present educational system instead of developing positive values in the society which the African child lives, tends to alienate him from his cultural environment.  This was the reason behind the re-evaluation of the educational system and the curriculum of the school and objectives that are relevant to the society.

          The major ideas and philosophies behind the curriculum innovation in the 1969 Naional Curriculum Conference according to Akinlaye (2001) were:

i.                   The need to make education more relevant to the needs of the individuals and the society.

ii.                The need to use education for national integration and socio-economic development.

iii.             The need to develop the right societal value and;

iv.             The need to make an individual responsible to the society in which he lives.

This been the case, the National Policy on Education (2004) has in recognition the important role social studies will play towards the achievement of the country’s educational aims and objectives.  Thus, social studies was made a core subject. Hence, there is a greater responsibility for social studies teachers in Nigeria today than the days before independence, this is because the Nigerian youths now live in an environment characterized by social ills and moral decadence which have to be curbed at all cost.  The youths therefore need social studies education which focuses on the problems and issues of human beings in their changing environments and seeks to devlop desirable habits, values, attitudes and skills in order to solve them.

          Researchers have concentrated much on the cognitive aspect of teaching in our secondary schools because of the importance attached to success in public examinations, however, there is an interplay between the cognitive and affective areas of teching.  For example, Taylor (2001) and Gunsch (2005) have shown that there is a relationship between interest and developments in different school subjects, therefore, it is believed that favourable attitude towards social studies may influence to a considerable extent the uptake of knowledge in social studies.

          Studies relating to specific aspects of pupils’ attitude towards social studies and other related subjects have been undertaken by several researchers.  Jekayinfa (2007) has reported that high grade in social studies at lower forms is a factor that can pull students to history in the secondary schools in Nigeria.  In the study of factors associated with interest in science, Ormerod and Dukworth (2000) have also identified a number of factors like personality, home and other environmental factors among American and British High School students.

Statement of the Problem

          The poor attitude of students towards the study of social studies in secondary schools is an unsatisfactory state of affairs and imbalance in the educational sector in particular and the nation’s development in general.

          Social studies as a core subject in the junior secondary school level suggest the importance the government, parents and students themselves attach to the study.

          The phenomena increase in students’ attitude towards the study of social studies in junior secondary schools should not be allowed to remain for too long unattended to.

ATTITUDE OF STUDENTS TOWARDS THE STUDY OF SOCIAL STUDIES IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

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