The Role of Civics Education in Enhancing Civic Virtues of Students: The Case of Wollo University; Ethiopia
International Journal of Secondary Education
Volume 8, Issue 1, March 2020, Pages: 1-5
Received: Sep. 18, 2019; Accepted: Oct. 31, 2019; Published: Apr. 28, 2020
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Aliyou Wudu, Department of Civics and Ethical Studies, Wollo University, Dessie, Ethiopia
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The general objective of the study was to explore the practical benefits of civics and ethics course in changing the behavior and attitudes of university students and thereby contributing to the development of civic virtues. The study employed qualitative data gathering techniques such as personal interviews and qualitative content or document analysis. A total of 25 students union members, department and college heads, university security officials, heads of University Ethics and Anti-corruption directorate, heads of Student Services, and members of top management were participated in the study. They were chosen using purposive sampling techniques. The findings indicate that due to the teaching of civics and ethics, the knowledge of students have been improved. Howevr, students exercise their freedom and rights with out fulfilling their obligations. The university focus on providing too much rights for students. The student union, Feedback clubs and representatives of students do little to improve the behavior of students. Some students are not polite and punctual. Students respect the diversity among ethnic and religious groups. Lack of role models of in the part of instructors; the commitment and attention of the top leaders is not adequate; students are exposed to various drugs such as chat and alcoholism; there is low national feeling and vision; and Civics teachers are not interested to teach the course. The study recommend that use media, films and posters to raise the awareness of students about the national feeling; revise the civics and ethics curriculum by scholars and who are politically independent; history and geography courses should be taught as a common course for all students; instructors should give more attention to teach ethical values and principles and focus on duties and responsibilities; counseling and advice services should be provided for students; and legal measures should be taken by the university.
Civic Education, Citizenship, Civic Virtue, Participation, Diversity, Tolerance
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Aliyou Wudu, The Role of Civics Education in Enhancing Civic Virtues of Students: The Case of Wollo University; Ethiopia, International Journal of Secondary Education. Vol. 8, No. 1, 2020, pp. 1-5. doi: 10.11648/j.ijsedu.20200801.11
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