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Volume :48 Issue : 185 2022      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The Perceptions of Social Studies' Teachers and Their Supervisors about the Employment of Current Events in the Social Studies in the Sultanate of Oman

Auther : Hamad Al-Kayali - Dr. Saif Al-Maamri

Objectives: The purposes of this study was to identify the perceptions of social studies teachers and their supervisors about the employment of current events in the social studies in the Sultanate of Oman, as well as to identify the difficulties they face in employing current events. Method: The descriptive approach was followed by preparing a semi-structured interview consisted of seven dimensions: the importance of using current events in the teaching of social studies, their sources, the topics that can be employed in them, the criteria for their selection, how to deal with them in the classroom, and the difficulties of using them in teaching. After verification, the study was applied to ten teachers and five supervisors the study sample. Results: The results of the study revealed that the teachers' and supervisors' emphasizing the importance of using the current events in the teaching of social studies. In addition, there are a set of and sources that teachers can us in selecting current events. Furthermore, teachers and the supervisors mentions some necessary skills that require to employing current events. Also.  The results showed many topics that can be linked to the current event, historically, geographically and nationally.  In addition, findings showed little experience of teachers in how to deal with current events. As for the difficulties encountered by teachers in the recruitment of current events, they were as follow: low level of students' knowledge of current events, class duration, and the political nature of some of the current events. Conclusion: It is imperative to develop the skills of social studies teachers to employ current events and motivate them to do so.

Keywords: Current events; Social Studies, Teachers, Sultanate of Oman.

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