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ERIC Number: ED523611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 419
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-1527-7
Social Studies Teachers' Perceptions and Practices of Educating Citizens in a Democracy in Upper Classes in Primary Schools in Botswana
Mhlauli, Mavis B.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University
The purpose of my study was to explore the social studies teachers' conceptualizations, experiences, ideas, beliefs and practices of developing citizens in a democracy in upper classes in primary schools in Botswana. The study adopted a qualitative research approach and employed the naturalistic paradigm. The study was undertaken in six primary school settings in one of the major villages in the central district in Botswana for a period of three months. Data were collected through the use of multiple methods including; individual interviews, participant observation, focus groups and document analysis for triangulation purposes. The study adopted a grounded theory to data analysis by using the constant comparative data analysis technique for purposes of theory generation. The findings of this study have revealed a gloomy picture on citizenship education as perceived, interpreted and enacted within primary schools investigated hence leading to the conclusion that citizenship education remains an illusion rather than a reality. The teachers conceptualize citizenship in multiple ways indicating that citizenship in Botswana is complex, fluid and not homogeneous. The findings have also shown tremendous contradictions, paradoxes and challenges in citizenship development in a democracy like Botswana. This study provides significant implications for classroom application and practice, research, curriculum reform and innovation for social studies teachers, curriculum developers, policy makers, teacher educators and the public in informing them on issues of citizenship education in Botswana primary schools. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Botswana