This study looked at the role of teachers in the character formation of secondary school students in Owerri Municipal. The study's total population is 200 staff members from selected secondary schools in Owerri Municipal. The researcher collected data using questionnaires as the instrument.
This study used a descriptive survey research design. The study included 133 respondents who included principals, teachers, senior staff, and junior staff. The collected data was organized into tables and analyzed using simple percentages and frequencies.
The study's context
The importance of the quality of individuals who comprise a society is increasing day by day in the development of societies. education programs have recently included the goal of creating a society of qualified and competent individuals on their agenda. Parallel to the advancement of teaching programs, research into teacher competencies is expanding (Huntly,2008; Bellm,2008; Demirel,2009; Selvi,2010).
Children and youth who will ensure the continuity of society must have good character as well as knowledge. To create serene, content, and successful societies, qualified and well-trained individuals equipped with positive values are required, and thus more resources are provided in Turkey to educate qualified and competent individuals (MEB, 2012:208). Values included in the curriculum allow for the development of positive character traits in addition to field knowledge (MEB, 2004;2006;2009).
With frequent reports of juvenile crimes and anti-social behavior, the moral character of young people has received a lot of media attention in recent years. According to a Yougov poll (Rifkind & Maher, 2008), 49 percent of people believe that children are a danger to both themselves and adults. More than a third (35%) agree that “nowadays it feels like the streets are infested with children,” and 43 percent believe that action is needed to protect them from young people.
The set of understandings of what it means to be a teacher in a given context is known as the teacher role. It is sociohistorically constructed, institutionally supported, and contextualized at the school level in response to community needs. The teacher's role in character formation First, we should investigate the definition of character. The term “character” refers to the proclivity to behave in ways that are consistent with what one believes to be morally correct.
Any child who is cared for is likely to care for others and to participate in the moral life of the community as a citizen. Character development always starts with a caring relationship. This relationship begins at home with parents and then moves to school with teachers. Character is formed through hard work, security, and courage, among other things. He can also teach him/her to distinguish between what is good and what is bad.
He can teach a student how to put reality to the test. When a student instills this in himself, he will always act morally in all situations in life. He or she will learn from his or her mistakes and will always be truthful, respectable, and accountable to society and the world.
Students' and teachers' positive relationships foster trust and respect. By doing so, a student respects others and adapts to society, which is the primary goal of global education. A teacher should also consider the learner's age when developing characters, as age factors play an important role in this process (https://lifelearners.ng).
The role of a teacher in today's world has become more difficult and demanding. They have been entrusted with the task of shaping the character of the child and preparing them to be productive members of society. Because of their hectic lives and the need to earn money to secure their children's future, parents have limited contact with their children.
As an authority figure, friend, and guide, the teacher fills this void. Children in their early stages of education are still developing physically and mentally. Teachers serve as role models for them and have a unique opportunity to influence and guide their students.
If they play their roles well, the student will understand the significance of the positive traits and values that have been instilled in him. Based on this, the researcher wishes to investigate the role of teachers in the character formation of secondary school students in the owerri municipal district.
The study's objective
The study's objectives are as follows:
To investigate the role of teachers in the character formation of secondary school students in the owerri municipal district.
To determine who influences children's character formation more, teachers or parents?
To investigate the challenges that teachers face in character formation of secondary school students in the owerri municipal school system.
Hypotheses for research
The following items have been proposed for testing:
In owerri municipal, there is no role for teachers in character formation of secondary school students.
H1: There is a role for teachers in the character formation of secondary school students in the municipal of Owerri.
H0: There are no teacher challenges in character formation of secondary school students in the owerri municipal area.
H2: Teachers face challenges in character formation of secondary school students in the owerri municipal district.
The study's importance
The study will be extremely useful to students, teachers, parents, and policymakers. The study will provide a clear picture of the role of teachers in the character formation of secondary school students in Owerri Municipal. The study will also be used as a resource for other researchers who will be working on a similar topic.
The study's scope and limitations
The study's scope includes teachers' roles in character formation of secondary school students in the owerri municipal.
Financial constraint- Inadequate funding tends to impede the researcher's efficiency in locating relevant materials, literature, or information, as well as in the data collection process (internet, questionnaire and interview).
Time constraint- The researcher will conduct this study alongside other academic work. As a result, the amount of time spent on research will be reduced.
a) RESEARCH MATERIAL AVAILABILITY: The researcher's research material is insufficient, limiting the scope of the study.
1.9 Terms Definition
A teacher is someone who assists students in gaining knowledge, competence, or virtue. Anyone can take on the role of teacher informally.
Character formation is the deeply internalized pattern of values and attitudes, as well as the subsequent actions, that are frequently established in pre-cognitive times of life through natural and normal educational patterns appropriate for young children.
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TEACHERS' ROLE IN SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENT CHARACTER FORMATION IN OWERRI MUNICIPAL