ATTITUDES OF UNDERGRADUATE YOUTHS TOWARD DEMOCRATIC VALUES: IMPLICATION FOR SOCIAL STUDIES IN JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL (A CASE STUDY OF EGBEDA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF OYO STATE)
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This study was carried out to investigate attitudes of undergraduate youths toward democratic values: implication for social studies in Junior Secondary School using Egbeda Local Government Area of Oyo State, Nigeria. To achieve this objective, four research questions were formulated to guide the study. The data was collected from both primary and secondary sources. The primary data were collected with the help of a well-structured questionnaire of two sections administered to the undergraduate students in Egbeda Local Government Area of Oyo State. The collected data were analyzed with tables and descriptive statistics were used to analyze the research questions. The study reveals that there is a positive attitude of youths to the virtues of respect and tolerance in the political process; there is a positive attitude of youths to the virtues of honesty and patriotism in the democratic process; there is a positive attitude of the youths to the principle of one-man-one vote in the political process in Nigeria and there is a attitude of the students in public school toward democratic values differ from those of the private school. The study concluded with some recommendations that all agencies, bodies or organizations such as INEC, NOA, etc, civil society groups and Non-Governmental Organizations should as a matter of national importance be seriously involved to help create the awareness, understanding and internalization of democratic values in Nigerian youths and political parties through workshops, seminars and public rallies. Since many has missed the opportunity of been imparted with democratic values through Social Studies teachings to reduce the acts of incivility constituted by uneducated youths.