Global Advanced Research Journal of Educational Research and Reviews (GARJERR) ISSN: 2315-5132

August 2014, 3(5): pp. 102-109

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Generating socio-economic values and skills in learners through geography, civic and environmental education

Fan Akpan Fan*1, Usman Vintseh Iliya Monday1 and Mary Anyie Tandu2

1Nasarawa State University

2Cross River State College of Education, Akamkpa

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Accepted 27 August, 2014


Nigeria is a cultural mosaic. Ethnicity, language, region and religion interactively form Nigeria’s matrix of cultural pluralism. More than this, there is a vast environmental degradation caused, in the main, by man’s struggle for existence, urbanization and population explosion. Here lies the relevance of geography, civic and environmental education as a strategy for social engineering in Nigeria’s socio-political equation by generating in learners socio-economic values and skills. Geography education, for instance, exposes learners to map-making, map-reading and Environmental Impact Assessment. Civic education teaches learners their rights and duties as citizens of Nigeria, the need for dignity of honest labour and personal discipline while environmental education (EE) enables learners to gain the knowledge, skills and values needed to make decisions to take actions that will sustain rather than deplete the planet. It encourages the development of the necessary skills and expertise needed to address the challenges and foster attitude, motivations and commitments to make informed decisions and take responsible action. Learners can use the skills acquired to investigate environmental problems and to contribute to the resolution of these problems. These subjects should therefore be taught in all tiers of Nigeria’s educational system.

Keywords: Cultural pluralism, environmental degradation, learners, objectives, socio-economic values.



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