social science

The social sciences subject encompass diverse concerns of society and include a wide a range of content, drawn from the disciplines of history, geography, political science, economics and sociology. Therefore, Social Science teaching needs to be revitalized towards helping the learner acquire knowledge and skills in an interactive environment. In order to make the process of learning participative there is a need to shift from mere imparting of information to debate and discussion.

The article considers the dilemma that a teacher may face in teaching the theme of marginalisation as part of Social Science to students who come from marginalised backgrounds. The existence of good quality teaching learning material such as Social and Political Life III, textbook for Class VIII (Delhi, NCERT, 2008) encourages teachers and students to raise a range of difficult questions that would need serious engagement. This delineates the political and ethical role that teachers are bound to play.

This issue of Learning Curve deliberates on the the purpose of social science in society, what the National Curriculum Framework says about the subject, the many moral conflicts while teaching it, pedagogic dilemmas, and a look at social science education across the world. The effort has been to give our readers an honest and comprehensive view of the nature of social science as a subject.

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