Social Studies Education As A Tool For Developing Religious Tolerance And Peaceful Coexistence

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THE USE OF SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION AS A TOOL FOR DEVELOPING RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE AND PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE: A STUDY ON COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN KADUNA STATE, NIGERIA.

Chia, Ogheneovo Esther

Abstract
This article reports on the impact of teaching and learning of social studies education on religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence among students in colleges of education in Kaduna state. Participants were drawn from the Federal College of Education Zaria and College of Education, Gidan Waya in Kaduna state, Nigeria. The study was aimed at evaluating the knowledge of social studies students’ and their perceptions on religious tolerance. Participants responded to a test before and after instructional sessions, in which they indicated the level of their awareness on social studies concepts, perceptions on religious conflicts and the importance of social studies in solving this religious conflict. The data gathered from both pretest and posttest were analyzed using analysis of variance at 95% (P < 0.05) significance level. The data revealed that the knowledge of social studies education had significant positive impact on the attitude and perception of students on religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence. The findings highlight the critical importance of using social studies education to solve the present and future occurrences of religious conflicts in Nigeria. Key Words: Education, Social Studies, Religious Conflict, Tolerance, Attitude, Perception.

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