Social Studies Curriculum Evaluation: Issues, Problems and Prospects in the 21st Century

Dr. Unimna F. A. and Ameh, Paulina Mercy


This paper examined Social Studies Curriculum Evaluation: Issues, Problems and  Prospects in the 21st Century. Social Studies curriculum Evaluation being viewed as an  integrated study of multiple field of Social Science and Humanities, including History,  Political science and Geographical settings. Evaluating the discipline to meet the standard  of the 21st century, there is need for availability of manpower, procurement of Educational  facilities and appropriate teaching strategies, to meet the standard of the 21st century.  Educationist and policy makers appear to be in an unending search for better ways to teach  the subject and to apply it in providing solutions to the needs of our society. Students all  over the country have consistently had difficulties learning and understanding Social  Studies because of issues and problems in social studies curriculum evaluation such as lack  of proper Educational policy implementation, insufficient funding, and knowledge  explosion among others. Therefore, the need to introduce Social Studies to children at an  early age of (early primary) for familiarization to the cultures, the norms, values of our  society, thereby building on the existing informal knowledge. The knowledge of Social  Studies curriculum evaluation equipped the citizen with the knowledge of the cultural  settings, home background which as well encourage and arouse the children’s interest of  Social Studies. Lastly the knowledge of Social Studies goes a long way in promoting  economic growth and national recognition like other countries around the globe who seek  innovative ways to promote growth and national development to stand the test of the 21st century.

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