By : Fathimath sazuna
Social studies is an integral learning area Social Science allows students to value their roots, explore their pasts and understand their contexts, appreciate the interrelationships between people across time, environments and cultures while developing civic efficacy.
Social studies syllabus is comprised of 6 strands. They are as follows;
It is important to note that children should experience a broad and balanced program. Teachers should draw content from the five content areas;
Culture and identity
People, places and environment
The economic world Time, continuity and change
Investigating , communication and participation
Culture and Identity
Culture and Identity will help students understand multiple perspectives of cultures that are derived from different systems of beliefs, knowledge, values and tradition and to learn and adapt to dynamic and ever-changing culture.
People, Places and Environment
The study of people, places, and human-environment interactions assists learners to understand the relationship that exist between the people and environment as they create their spatial views and geographic perspectives of the world.
The Economic World
Helps students learn about how people participate in economic activities and about the consumptions, production, and distribution of goods and services. They also learn how to manage their needs that often exceed the limited resources and the role of interdependency and technology in economic decision-making.
Time, Continuity and Change
Students learn about events, experiences, and actions and the changing ways in which these have been interpret over time. This helps them to understand what things were like in the past and how things change and develop so that they can imagine a possible future.
Students to understand the historical development of structures of power, authority, and governance and their evolving functions in an individuals’ society as well as in other parts of the world, which is essential for developing civic competence. Investigation, Communication and Participation
Investigation, Communication and Participation
Helps students investigate the ways people interact with each other and with their environments in order to make informed decisions and implement relevant social action.
Outcomes are statements of knowledge, understanding, skills and values expected to be achieved by most students at the end of a given stage.
In Social Studies all outcomes are of equal importance. The presentation of the outcomes does not imply a sequence of teaching and learning activities.
An indicator is an example of the behavior that students may display as they work towards the achievement of syllabus outcomes. Indicators reflect and describe aspects of knowledge, understanding, skills and values.
An indicator may describe part of all aspects of an outcome. Outcomes and indicators together assist teachers in identifying student’s current achievement and in planning future learning experiences.
social studies powerfully and authentically begins with a deep knowledge and understanding of the subject and its unique goals. Social studies prepare students to identify, understand, and work to solve the challenges facing our diverse nation in an increasingly interdependent world.