The Nigerian National Policy on Education regards the teaching of social studies in secondary schools as an avenue for inculcating the skills of human relations in the young. A good number of definitions of social studies imply the need for in cultivation of norms of human relations.
If reading is an important means of introducing the young to the surrounding world (Dallman et a], 1974), then, the social studies teacher is confronted with the challenges involved in helping children think of reading as an activity with an inherent social appeal. To the extent that reading involves an acquisition of thinking skills, it is also relevant to consider it as an activity that affects the entire human personality. As
Dallmann er al (1974:8) revealed: The world of people and events encountered on the printed page may shape a reader’s… It may heighten his appreciation of the physics] world about him or give him I sense of
excitement about the future.