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Developing Interest for Social Science Subject

Updated on January 9, 2016
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Dr. Varia, is a Ph.D. in Education, working as Mg. Director for Rosary School Rajkot. He is an educationist with commitment to his field.

What is Social Science?

Ø Social science is the interdisciplinary integration and humanities concepts for the purpose of practicing problem solving and decision making for developing citizenship skills on critical social issues.

Ø Social science basically gives knowledge about the world, nation and society around us through the help of other disciplines as well such as political science, history, economics, religion, geography, anthropology. Social studies help students think critically and to use what they know to be active citizens. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.

Ø Social science mainly divided into three parts: History, Civics, and Geography.

Ø History is the study of the evolution of society. It gives an idea of the way historians come to know about the past.

Ø Civics is the study of politics. It helps to recognize the ways in which politics affects their daily lives.

Ø Geography is an integral component of social science. Geography is the study of the earth’s physical features which is interwoven into daily life.

Social Science

Why is it necessary to learn Social Science?

Ø Social science provides opportunities for students to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge that will enable them to become engaged, active, informed and responsible citizens.

Ø As children learn about others, they will be fascinated by differences among cultural groups, while at the same time they will find the commonalities that create a shared sense of humanity.

Ø The study of social studies develops the qualities of recognition and respect for individual and collective identity which is essential in a pluralistic and democratic society.

Ø Social studies help students develop their sense of self and community, encouraging them to affirm their place as citizens in an inclusive, democratic society.

What is covered in syllabus of Grade 6 to 8?

Ø The syllabus of Social Science for Std 6 to 8th is mainly divided into three sections – History, Geography, and Civics.

Ø In Grade 6, History covers Ancient town, Sources of history, the beginning of historical life, Geography part covers, the earth our home, Maps, Gujarat location-boundary and physiography. Civics part includes Citizenship, Unity in diversity.

Ø In Grade 7, History includes Rajput age, Architecture during medieval age etc. Civics contains Government, Administration of the state etc. Geography part includes the motion of the earth, India-location, boarder, physiography, etc.

Ø In Grade 8, History part consists of Arrival & Effects of Britishers in India, Freedom Fighters, How the Traders Became Rulers, Geography part Contains what is around us, Natural disaster, Environmental changes etc. Civics part includes Our Indian Constitution, parliament system etc...

What learning outcomes are expected?

Upon successful completion of Social Science concepts Student will be able to:

Ø Promote the acceptance of cultural diversity.

Ø Become better communicators, thinkers, researchers, computer users, and artists.

Ø Understand markets and their function to link scattered producers and consumers.

Ø Uphold and protect the unity and integrity of our nation.

Ø Protect the natural resources & environment and to have compassion for living creatures.

Ø Broaden understanding of the world by learning about human activities and achievements in the past and present.

Ø Understand about culture, time, continuity, and change, people, places, environments, individual development, identity, individuals, groups, and institutions, power, authority, production, distribution, and consumption and society, global connections, civic ideals and practices etc.

Ø Establish firm foundations for lifelong learning and for further specialized study and careers.

How can parents co-operate, contribute towards development of such liking towards subject?

Always remember that you are their first and best teacher.One of the best ways parents can help their children with social studies is to assist them with organizing their study material in logical order. Simple facts are best learned by making flash cards.

Ø Parents can take the child to historical places, Zoo, Museums, parks, National parks, sanctuaries, to make them understand more about the environment.

Ø Provide your child with related books, magazines, newspapers etc.

Ø Take every opportunity you can to explain to your children about our civic rights and responsibilities. For e.g. when it's time to vote, explain the importance of this right and critical responsibility.

Ø Encourage your child to watch programs like Maharana Pratap, Ashoka etc. that are related with historical events & channels like Loksabha & Rajyasabha.

Ø Update your child with current aspects.

Ø Talk about the holidays, especially public holidays like Independence Day, Gandhi Jayanti, Republic Day, Hindi Divas, Election days etc. These days mean much more than a day off! Discuss the meanings of these holidays, the people and events they celebrate, and how they impact our lives today.

Ø Involve your child to actively participate in various competitions like freedom fighters role, drama, quiz, debate etc.

List of few activities that can be done to develop the liking towards the subject

Children learn in different ways, so here are some ideas to encourage your child’s understanding depending on his or her style:

Ø Observe and report about local agricultural practices, crops grown/manufacturing industries.

Ø Collect information regarding some endangered plants and animal species of India.

Ø Visit to an industry/local agricultural farm.

Ø Collect stories / find out about changes that took place in their areas

Ø Show the major wildlife sanctuaries of your region on a political map of India.

Ø Visits market, do collage work, arrange debates, and take the census of any particular area.

Ø Arrange for a trip to a wildlife sanctuary or zoo.

Ø Write observations about local area house types, settlements, transport, communication and vegetation.

How will student develop liking towards subject?

  • Tie topics to your interest and connect what you know with what is happening in the real world. This will help you see that social science is not just in a textbook, but it is happening all around you. Incorporate newspaper articles and magazines into lessons so that you can see current events.
  • You can find a powerful photograph and critique the picture. Ask questions about what the picture is trying to convey and discuss as a class what you think happened before, during, and after the photograph was taken.
  • Skits, talk shows and plays are a great way to engage and motivate you to find a love for social studies. Bring a historical event to life by acting out a particular event in history. After each presentation discuss what you learned.
  • Draw yourself in with technology because it has a way to motivate and keep you engaged.
  • Students can develop interest and motivation in social studies by relating relevant content and current events into their daily lives.


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