In a globalised world where social challenges defy boundaries and borders, the study of Social Studies has assumed a new significance. This awareness, obviously underlines the broad objectives of the new curriculum designed to ensure that students acquire the knowledge, skills and values needed to function effectively as responsible and disciplined members of increasingly diverse and multi-cultural societies.
Appropriately, Book 1 begins with an introduction to Social Studies, followed by a theme that re-echoes in Book 2, namely, People and their Environment. Similarly, Books 1 & 2 examine, from different perspectives, the broad themes of Social Studies, Socialisation, National Economy, Economic Institutions and National Integration. These themes are revisited, albeit with greater emphasis, in Book 3, interspersed with a global perspective that examines such themes, as Science, Technology and Society and Global International Cooperation.
In preparing the series, my experience as a serving school and college teacher came into play. The special training seminar where modalities for manuscript preparation were outlined and style of writing defined came in quite handy.
If properly and logically presented to young learners by their teachers, the details in the series will ensure that young pupils develop a life-long interest in a subject that is bound to influence the way they live and interact in a globalised world.
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