Teaching social studies at all levels, elementary secondary or senior secondary, needs to develop social consiousness and social awareness among students. This is to be done both at the theoretical level as well as at the practical level.
The development of a school museum is an interesting project, which will give practical knowledge to the students about the problems of social development.
Previously history,geography and civics were taught as different subjects, but gradually it was realized that the social environment of children involves the study of history, geography and civics and the involvement of students in this evolving process will prove to be of immense value. The environmentalists now a days are trying to involve students in the study and maintenance of ecological balance.
Now a days the role of teaching social studies has assumed new dimensions. The falling standards of ecology and the pollution level increasing the teaching of social studies has become very important.