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Journal of Education and Training Studies, v1 n2 p126-135 Oct 2013

This study investigated the perceptions of the role of Botswana's social studies teachers at secondary school level in fostering citizenship competencies and skills. Survey questionnaires were used to collect data comprising close and open-ended questions. The total population comprised forty-one respondents purposively sampled from nine junior and senior secondary schools in rural and urban locations. These included thirty four social studies teachers and seven head of departments. Data were analyzed quantitatively using descriptive statistics. The findings revealed that, contrary to expectations the Botswana's social studies curriculum does not promote the acquisition of citizenship skills. There is a disconnection between what social studies teachers think they do and what actually happens on the ground. In fact, the mere teaching of citizenship skills does not automatically translate into equipping learners with the relevant and appropriate competencies. Successful implementation of citizenship education requires political commitment and social studies teachers who are well trained and competent to handle educational reforms.

Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Social Studies, Foreign Countries, Teacher Surveys, Citizenship, Skills, Statistical Analysis, Citizenship Education

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Autor: Boikhutso, Keene; Dinama, Baamphatlha; Kgotlaetsile, Moffat Fanah


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