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CURRICULUM RESPONSE TO SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN NIGERIA
The paper focuses on the effectiveness of the response of the Federal Government of Nigeria towards social problem through innovation in the Social Studies Curriculum for junior secondary schools. The primary aim of the innovation is to address the rising tide of social problems using school as a viable option. One hundred and twenty social studies teachers were used as the study sample and questionnaire were designed to elicit information on the relevance of the new curriculum in achieving the intended objectives.
The findings of the study show that the respondents portray a positive relationship between the new social studies curriculum and social problems in Nigeria, taking into cognizance the use of metacognition methods of teaching in the classroom. In conclusion, the author critically analyse the effectiveness of the curriculum bearing mind the recipient of the curriculum package and the prevailing societal norms among the policy makers in the society.
Key Words: Social Problems, Curriculum Innovation, Perception