Investigating Students' Preferred Instructional Methods for Teaching Social Studies in a Selected Senior High School in Afadzato South District, Ghana
Keywords:Social Studies, students, teachers, preferences, method
The purpose of this study was to identify students' preferred instructional methods for teaching Social Studies in a selected Senior High School in Afadzato South District of Ghana. This study employed a concurrent triangulation mixed-method strategy. A multi-stage sampling strategy was used to select 78 form three students. Purposive sampling was used to select 3 Social Studies teachers. Self-developed observation and interview guides were used in collecting the data. Self-developed questionnaires were also used in collecting data from only students. However, both teachers and students participated in the study through the interview and classroom observation in order to ascertain an in depth understanding of students' responses to the questionnaires. Validity and reliability were established by piloting the research instruments in one of the senior high schools in Afadzato South District. Besides, the research instruments were given to other colleague researchers to review before the final data were collected. Also, concepts were explained to students for clarity before responding to the questions. The study's findings revealed that students prefer to learn and be taught Social Studies in a variety of ways. Students also prefer learner-centred strategies to teacher-centred methods. It was concluded that Social Studies objectives will be attained via students' preferred methods of instruction. The study recommended that teachers must alternate their teaching methods to meet students' preferences, to enable them to develop positive responses to Social Studies in order to have a vibrant Social Studies programme, with students actively involved in achieving the objectives of Social Studies.
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