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Re-visiting the Social Studies curriculum of Solomon Islands

Fitoo, Billy and Dorovolomo, Jeremy (2020) Re-visiting the Social Studies curriculum of Solomon Islands. In: Leadership, Community Partnerships and Schools in the Pacific Islands: Implications for Quality Education. Springer Nature, Singapore, pp. 53-64. ISBN 978-981-15-6482-6

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The social studies curriculum of Solomon Islands was developed in accordance with the National Education Act of 1978. Similar to many Pacific Island curricula, in the 1980s, the Solomon Islands curriculum framework was driven by the global shift in aims, goals, and content in order to address challenges which societies experienced during that period of time, particularly, those changes of behaviours linked to certain global events. This chapter shares findings about the relevance of the social studies curriculum of Solomon Islands (SI). It reports on a study conducted with teachers in two case study secondary schools in Solomon Islands using qualitative methods of group discussions and one-on-one interviews. The study revealed that the current teaching topics, themes, and approaches of the social studies curriculum are irrelevant and are outdated in its usefulness. This chapter argues for a review of the social studies curriculum to cater for knowledge, values, and skills that are relevant to the twenty-first-century Solomon Islands’ society. The study also provides further conceptual insights into Solomon Islands teaching approaches and strategies that are currently relatively unexplored. These include approaches and strategies in the teaching of social studies that produces good and active citizenship.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: School of Pacific Arts, Communication and Education (SPACE)
Depositing User: Billy Fitoo
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2017 23:12
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2022 03:19

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