The origin of social studies assumes a duality among scholars who bare their mindon the development of the subject. While scholars such as Ezegbe (1987) andUdoh (1989) are of the school of thought that ascribe the origin of social studies tothe United States of America (Mazieobi & Domike n.d). Another school of thoughtheaded by Saxe, an astute American professor of social studies noted that thefoundation of social studies education had its beginning in Great Britain after 1820s and quickly spread to the United States (Ibid). Osakwe and Itedjere (1993)gave credence to the former school of thought when they categorically stated thatthe concept of social studies was first developed in the United States of Americaand later, the subject find its way into Europe, with particular reference to Britain.
ORIGIN OF SOCIAL STUDIES IN NIGERIA
The wind of controversy over the origin of social studies in U.S.A and Britain didnot end abruptly as it also finds its way into Nigeria during the importation of thesubject. Iyamu and Onyesom (n.d) are of the view that there would seem to be noagreement among social studies scholars on the origin of the subject in Nigeria.Whiles so many scholars are of the view that the subject founds its way into theAfrican continent and Nigeria via America and Britain, Mazieobi (1992) argued