When one asks students in Grade 12, what they want to study after school, it is often assumed that the smartest students will choose science and become engineers or doctors. Social science remains a last choice or the choice for those who don’t know what they want to do. In a scenario like this, being a social science teacher is challenging and often tedious. The purpose of studying and teaching social science and its relevance to the world or life after school, seems blurred to many. Similarly, the tools used in classrooms continue to remain text-book or content-based.
This 6 hour module aims to
- Change perceptions around the relevance and purpose of social science in today’s world
- Equip social science teachers with tools and resources for contextual and meaningful classroom practice
- Help social science teachers design skill-based assessments within the curriculum
Session 1 – What is the purpose of teaching the social sciences – today and for the future?
Session 2 – How can the higher order thinking skills be made relevant in the social sciences?
Session 3 - What are the strategies / tools that can be used in the teaching-learning process?
Session 4 – How can the learning of the skills be assessed in the social sciences?
At the end of the module, the teachers will be able to –
- Integrate skill-based outcomes into their teaching-learning processes
- Use resources and strategies shared to make their teaching meaningful
- Design assessments to measure the impact of the strategies