Show simple item record Ajiboye, J.O. 2012-01-12T12:37:41Z 2012-01-12T12:37:41Z 2009-06
dc.identifier.citation Ajiboye, J.O. (2009) Strengthening civic education in Botswana primary schools: a challenge to traditional social studies curriculum, The African Symposium, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 125 - 133 en_US
dc.identifier.issn TX 6 342 323
dc.description.abstract The primary goal of social studies is citizenship education. Social studies as citizenship education seek to provide students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes which will enable them to actively participate as citizens of a democracy. However, the extent to which the subject is achieving this goal since its introduction into the Botswana school curriculum in 1969 has been somewhat questionable. Recent evidence suggests that products of our schools are manifesting some behaviours that are not in tandem with good citizenship. This paper therefore examined the views of some primary school teachers in Botswana on the effectiveness of social studies in promoting citizenship training and self reliance among the learners. This is essentially a survey study. One hundred experienced teachers (with over ten years of teaching primary social studies) were purposively selected for the survey. A questionnaire tagged “Teachers’ perceptions of the effectiveness of social studies in developing appropriate citizenship education” with a reliability coefficient of 0.94 using Cronbach Alpha was used to collect data for the study. Two research questions were addressed in the study. Major findings in the study are: teachers poor rating of social studies as a tool for achieving citizenship training, more emphasis in social studies teaching is placed in theory rather than in practice, existence of few materials on social studies to assist teachers, and that social studies is failing largely to promote self reliance skills in the pupils. The implications of these findings for retooling social studies curriculum to achieve the goals of basic education in Botswana were discussed in the paper. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher African Educational Research Network (AERN), en_US
dc.subject Social studies en_US
dc.subject Citizenship education en_US
dc.subject Self reliance en_US
dc.subject Civic education en_US
dc.subject Botswana en_US
dc.title Strengthening civic education in Botswana primary schools: a challenge to traditional social studies curriculum en_US
dc.type Published Article en_US en_US

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