1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Because of its importance in everyday life, social studies is now taught in primary and secondary schools. According to Adeyoyin (1982), social studies is the study of man and his totality (the study includes where he lives, his past and present activities, his culture, frame of mind, and how he interacts with others in society).
Wronki (1981) defines social studies as “common learning of man’s interaction with his social and physical environment, a way of life of how man influences his environment and, in turn, how environment influences man.”
THE VALUE OF SOCIAL STUDIES
It enables people to comprehend the historical and contemporary relationship between humans and their social and physical environments.
Social studies assist individuals in developing the ability to learn and acquire basic skills such as listening, speaking, reading, writing, calculating, observing, analyzing, and inference, all of which are necessary for the formation of sound social, economic, and political judgment.
Social studies is taught in primary and secondary schools to help students understand what they should do as members of society. Some students in secondary schools are not ready to learn because of various circumstances; others believe that social studies is difficult; as a result, there is a lack of interest in the subject, which leads to negative attitudes toward social studies learning. Social studies, as a subject that studies man in his entirety, should be encouraged at all levels of learning.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
Social studies is one of the subjects that teaches man about his surroundings; it teaches him about his norms, cultures, beliefs, and rules in society. As a result, the importance of social studies to man cannot be overstated. As a result, it is critical that man learn about this subject. Man has encountered numerous difficulties in learning this subject. As a result, the purpose of this research is to look into the factors that influence social studies learning.
1.3 OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
The study intends to look into the following:
1. The factors influencing the learning of social studies
2. The difficulties encountered while learning social studies
3. To look for methods to pique students’ interest in the subjects.
1.4 THE IMPORTANCE OF THE STUDY
The study will present the factors influencing students’ learning of social studies. The study would also be useful to parents, educators, and social studies associations in motivating the right attitudes toward social studies learning. It could also serve as a starting point for other researchers.
1.5 OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
1.6 QUESTIONS FOR RESEARCHER
To guide the research, the following research questions have been developed.
1. What factors influence the acquisition of social studies knowledge?
2. What are the consequences of the difficulty in learning social studies?
3. In my home, my parents do not encourage me to read.
4. I don’t like my social studies teacher.
1.7 DEFINITION OF TERMS
Attitude: This is a way of feeling, thinking, and acting.
Interest: An activity or subject that you enjoy doing or studying in your spare time.
Instructional materials are teaching aids that improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning.
Learning is defined as a temporary change in behavior brought about by practice or experience.
A teacher is an experienced person who imparts knowledge to a novice.
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