Impact of Social Studies Education on Voters’ Education Among NCE Students of Colleges of Education in Kaduna State

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Impact of Social Studies Education on Voters’ Education Among NCE Students of Colleges of Education in Kaduna State.


Election is a vital pre-requisite for peaceful and smooth change of government in a democratic dispensation. For elections to be successful there are certain procedures before during and after the election.

Voters’ Education is one important aspect of the pre-election preparation of eligible voters on the do and don’ts of the electoral process.

It would be disheartening that since voter’s education activities have been carried out in the country it has not achieved its desired result.

These can be seen in the programmes organized by the Electoral Empire (INEC) and other non-governmental organizations in order to provide voters with quality education about their role in the electoral process.

This research therefore examined the impact Social Studies Education as a school disciplined has on the Voters’ Education of NCE students in some selected Colleges of Education in Kaduna State.

The research deign was the quasi-experimental design with a sample size of 234 students who were randomly selected. The data obtained was analyzed using the descriptive statistics while the hypotheses were tested using the independent sample t-test.

The research findings revealed that if given the right atmosphere and other vital ingredients Social Studies Education has great potential for the promotion of efficient Voters’ Education of eligible voters. Thus as the saying goes – Catch them young.


Title page ———————- i-ii

Declaration —————- iii

Certification ————– iv

Dedication ————– v

Acknowledgment ———————- vi

Abstract ————————————- ix

Table of Contents ——————– x

List of Tables ——————– xiii

List of Abbreviations ———————— xiv


1.1 Background to the Study ———- 1

1.2 Statement of the Problem ————- 5

1.3 Objectives of the Study —– 7

1.4 Research Questions —— 7

1.5 Research Hypotheses —– 8

1.6 Significance of the Study ——– 8

1.7 Scope of the Study———– 9


2.1 Introduction ———- 10

2.2. Concept of Social Studies Education — 10

2.2.1 Objectives of Social Studies Education ——– 13

2.2.2 History and Nature of Social Studies Education — 15

2.2.3 Rationale for Social Studies Education ——– 19

2.2.4 Social Studies in the democratic process ———- 22

2.3. Concept of Voters’ Education——- 24

2.3.1 Voters’ Education in the democratic process – 26

2.4 Salient issues on Voter Education in Nigeria — 28

2.4.1 Voting Rights (Franchise or Suffrage) — 28

2.4.2 Voting Qualification ——– 28

2.4.3 Voter Registration —— 31

2.4.4 Voting Regulations ——– 32

2.4.5 Electoral Commission — 35

2.5 Review of Related Empirical Studies —— 39

Summary ———– 41


3.1 Introduction ——– 43

3.2 Research Design —— 43

3.3 Population of the Study —– 44

3.4 Sample and Sampling Techniques ——– 45

3.5 Instrument for Data Collection — 45

3.5.1 Validity of instrument ——- 46

3.5.2 Reliability of Instrument ——– 46

3.6 Procedure for Data Collection ——— 47

3.7 Statistical Analysis Procedure– ——— 47


4.1 Introduction ———— 48

4.2 Data presentation ————– 48

4.2.1 Respondents’ Personal Information—- 48

4.2.2 Research Questions ——— 50

4.3 Hypotheses Testing ————- 53

4.4 Discussion of findings ———— 56


5.1 Introduction —– 58

5.2 Summary of Findings —– 58

5.3 Conclusion ——- 59

5.4 Recommendations —— 60

5.5 Suggestion for Further Studies — 61

References ——- 63


Nigeria got independence in 1960 and adopted the Parliamentary system of government. This system of government entails representative government due to the large population of people inhabiting the country.

Thus, the Parliamentary  System of Government of the First Republic ushered in Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe as the Head of State and Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa as the Head of Government.

Nigeria became a Republic in 1963 after which the 1964/65 general elections was conducted and contested by the two political parties formed from alliance i.e. the Nigerian National Alliance (NNA) and the United Progressive Grand Alliance (UPGA).

Political activities was brought to an unceremonious halt when the military took over power on January 15, 1966. Five registered political parties contested the general elections of 1979 in which Alhaji Shehu Shagari of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) was elected president.

This election ushered in the Second Republic as well as the Presidential system of government. In August 1983, Shagari and the NPN were returned to power in a landslide victory.

However, the elections were marred by violence and allegations of widespread vote rigging and electoral malfeasance led to legal battles over the results. On December 31 1983, the military overthrew the Second Republic.


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CSN Team.

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