Perception of Students Towards Civic and Ethical Education:the Case of Coijleges of Hadiya Zone Jsnnprsj

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Addis Ababa University


The major purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions students and teachers have about responsible citizen, teachers' knowledge of various methodologies used in teaching civic and ethical education and the types behavioral changes occurred in college students of Hadiya zone/ SNNPRS/ To this effect descriptive survey approach was employed as a method of the study. Students, teachers and principals of two colleges were used as sources of data. Questionnaires, interviews and classroom observations were used to obtain data pertinent to the investigation. The data obtained were analyzed using percentages and mean scores statistic. Results of the study indicated that rendering agreeable service to the community, peaceful resolution of conflicts, safeguarding of constitution as composed of common democratic principles perceived as good quality values of a responsible citizen. It was also found that knowledge of world citizenship, knowledge about current events and participation in political activities were viewed as less important in characterizing responsible citizen. The study also indicated average behavioral change of students as a result of civic instruction. The study also indicated most of students' perception towards the civic education was on the positive side. Further more, teacher dominated classroom practices and lack of design and co-ordination of programs for active participatory learning, lacle of cooperation and support from school were found negatively influencing the provision of civic and ethical education. The college principals and other responsible bodies should take certain actions for improved provision of the subject. For better handling of the concept of civic education in colleges needs provision of regular workshops for instructors, to take care of some of their inadequacies, regarding the much needed skills to keep abreast of the every day demand of the needs of civic and ethical education teaching