Communication Skills of Secondary School Students and Their Attitudes Towards Social Studies Course
Communication Skills of Secondary School Students and Their Attitudes Towards Social Studies Course

Author : Emine Karasu Avcı - Melike Faiz
Number of pages : 175-191

Abstract

Attitude is a whole of tendencies of the individual towards a situation, a circumstance or an object. Communication, which means the imparting or exchanging of information and also making sense of information, is one of the skills within the scope of Social Studies course. In this study, it is aimed to investigate the relationship between the communication skills of secondary school students and their attitudes towards Social Studies course. 450 secondary school students participated in the quantitative part of the study, while 45 secondary school students participated in the qualitative part. It was found that the difference between the communication skills of students and their gender was in favor of female students. It was seen that the school with lower socio-economic status had higher level of communication skill, among the schools selected according to socio-economic status. When the communication skills of students were analyzed as based on the grade level variable, a difference between the low and high grades was determined in favor of the low grade. No significant difference between the attitudes of students towards Social Studies course and their gender was found. However, it was seen that their attitudes towards Social Studies course varied by the school.No effect of grade levels on the attitudes towards Social Studies course that were displayed by the students could be determined.In the qualitative part of the study, students stated that they had positive attitude towards Social Studies course and Social Studies was a course which could enable them to acquire communication skills.

Keywords

Secondary School, Social Studies, attitude, communication, student.

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