Social Studies methodology is built on the constructivist philosophy. In this course, student teachers will be exposed to strategies that will help them to develop lessons where they directly involve the learner. They will also tie in overviews of local and regional history, geography, culture and political science. This course is designed to provide interaction with the National Comprehensive Primary School Curriculum. Conceptual knowledge, critical thinking, social skill development and positive self-esteem will be promoted. It will equip student teachers with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to effectively plan for learning and delivery of the curriculum.
Incorporate local, national and global issues to effectively facilitate learning.
Examine the impact of social studies using local and regional perspectives.
Understand, develop, and apply the role of concepts, generalizations, hypotheses, and problem solving in social studies.
Explain the importance of promoting democratic ideals.
Explain the interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary nature of social studies.
Define social studies
Understand the organization and function National Primary School Social Studies Curriculum and its accompanying resources.
Locate and define Belize, the Caribbean and Central America
Describe characteristic features of society and culture in Belize and the region
Describe and explain the physical and environmental features that shaped Belize and the region
Develop an awareness of how the following factors (regionalization, integration, globalization, climate change) affects Belize and the regions
Know and understand the various social studies disciplines and of topics and themes contained in the National Primary School Curriculum
Know and understand the vocabulary of social studies disciplines, in particular, terms relating to society, culture, geography, geology, history, politics, democracy, economics, diversity and ethnicity