The initial euphoria innovations in Nigeria usually get dampened as a result of insufficient preparation, irrelevant settings and inadequate resources "including text-books. Yet such well—intentioned innovations often focus on meeting some felt needs of the society such as improved productivity, work habit and maintenance culture. Such is the position facing Social Studies teaching and learning within the Nigerian formal educational System.
Social Studies: Technology, methods and media is a book designed to meet the expanding demand for well-structured, properly documented and modern-oriented text for practising teachers and student-teachers. Teacher trainers and their trainees at all levels of teacher preparation programmes can bene?t from the rich contents of the book. Students and teachers in Faculties and Schools of Education and Social Sciences in Nigerian Universities, Institutes of Education, Colleges of Education, Polytechnics and‘ the Distance Education students of the Nigerian Teachers Institute (NTI) can benefit immensely. The book is an impeccable asset.
From many years of research effort, teaching experience and contact with serving teachers this work derives its strength. Based on problem-solving approach as currently emphasized for the subject area the book expertly puts together the essential contents. The pre-specified behavioural objectives provide a set induction and a study guide for each chapter. The theoretical backing to the subject area is astutely covered in chapters one to three. The other chapters focus on practical aspects of Social Studies. Instructional techniques including brainstorming, devil’s advocate, discussion, the story line and instrucnonal media extensively discussed in the text are very illuminating. Shrewd treatment of the exemplars in some chapters, the elaborate references and the index are useful aids to effective use of the text. Any serious teacher and student who is desirous of self improvement and professional growth will find the text an essential companion.