A professor of social studies, curriculum studies and educational evaluation, Prof. Babatunde Adeyemi, has advised curriculum planners to focus on contents that foster the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals.
“The curriculum planners and implementers should place more emphasis on the contents that foster the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals, he said.
The don also called for the reintroduction of social studies into the schools curricular at all levels, saying social studies should be made compulsory for schools.
Adeyemi stated this at the 366th inaugural lecture of the OAU, Ile Ife, Osun Sate, a copy of the lecture was made available to our correspondent in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
He described social studies as a problem solver discipline which helps to inculcate desirable social habits, attitude and values needed for the survival of any society or nation.
He said, “The knowledge structures and traditions of the amalgamated multi-discipline of social studies help to develop holistic individuals with multifaceted knowledge, skills and positive attitude needed to foster the personal growth of such individuals; and the growth and development of wherever they find themselves.
“Social studies borrows ideas from other traditional subjects such as economics, history, geography, religious studies, political science, anthropology, philosophy, law and medicine among others.
“Social studies offer pertinent ideas, information, generalisations, and theories that are applied to human survival issues.
“A major aspiration of every nation is the desire for rapid development which naturally depends on the quality of leadership, fellowship, honesty, self discipline, resource endowment, use of science and technology, rational utilisation of her human and natural resources and above all unity and stability of the nation.”
“The teachers of social studies should be more committed to their professional growth and development since the subject is a day-to-day activity that places emphasis on the round development of man based on the three domains of learning (cognitive, affective and psychomotor) .”