SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION: A VERITABLE TOOL FOR CURBING CORRUPTION AND VALUE RE-ORIENTATION IN NIGERIA

Dr. Philippa Isioma Oganwu
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Journal of Inter-Disciplinary Studies on Contemporary Issues 2016 2(1), 72-78. Published: July 22, 2016


Abstract

Corruption is a major decimating factor that hinders development of any nation or society. Sadly, in Nigeria, corruption is reputed and normalized as inevitable experience in social interactions and human relationship; and this is engendered by the drastic erosion of our value system. Thus, considering the ugly manifestations of this social malaise in all spheres of our social behaviours, it is imperative to eradicate it by way of re-orientation through the medium of social studies education. This paper examines the potency of social studies education towards curbing corruption and value re-orientation in Nigeria. The paper identifies eroding values as a major discouraging factor to national development and progress. It further posits that teaching and learning of social studies education can be used as a medium to eradicate corruption. The emphasis is on preventive strategies through the transmission of what is worthwhile to the people in respect of our core values of integrity; contentment, discipline, service and good neighborliness. It is recommended that the teacher of this course should demonstrate his position as the one who should be looked up to for positive mentoring of the students.