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Pollock, Scott; Brunet, Marie-Hélène – Canadian Social Studies, 2018
This paper describes the results of two research projects, which were focused upon female students' historical understanding of feminism. In both cases the researchers found that the student participants harbored ambivalent or negative attitudes towards feminism and saw little connection between the present and feminist struggles in the past.…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Consciousness Raising, Theories, Females
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Norquay, Naomi – Canadian Social Studies, 2014
This paper explores the data produced from an oral history project about a Black pioneer settlement in Grey County, Ontario. Twelve area residents were interviewed and the data produced points to various community practices of both remembering and forgetting. I employ Avery Gordon's (2008) theorization of ghosts and hauntings to make sense of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Area Studies, History, Blacks
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Acikalin, Mehmet – Canadian Social Studies, 2014
The Internet has become one of the most common educational tools used by teachers and students in social studies education worldwide. Although there are extensive studies on how the Internet is used by teachers as an instructional tool in social studies classes, less work has been done to explain how students themselves use and interact with…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Foreign Countries, Internet, Social Studies
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Scott, David – Canadian Social Studies, 2013
This paper reports on a study exploring ways in which five experienced teachers interpreted and responded to a curricular initiative in Alberta calling for teachers to help students see social studies through multiple perspective lenses representing Aboriginal (and Francophone) communities. Over the course of the study, which focused primarily on…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Practices, Indigenous Populations, Indigenous Knowledge
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Di Mascio, Anthony – Canadian Social Studies, 2013
This study seeks to address the ways in which the federal government has influenced elementary and secondary education throughout Canada. By producing teaching and learning material that is neither provincially sanctioned nor provincially focused, are federal agencies crossing constitutional jurisdictions in ways that compete with provincially…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Curriculum, Comparative Analysis, Government Role
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Gibson, Susan – Canadian Social Studies, 2012
The author has been teaching pre-service elementary social studies teachers for over 20 years and one thing that always astonishes her is how "fuzzy" they are about why social studies is taught as a subject in schools. When she asks this question in her undergraduate social studies methods classes, she usually gets specific…
Descriptors: Current Events, Student Attitudes, Citizenship Education, Foreign Countries
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Cutrara, Samantha – Canadian Social Studies, 2010
Until the grand narrative is recognized as a product and process of power and privilege it can never do the transformational work that it can, and should, do in education. In this paper, I argue that concept learning can be a practical strategy for exploring and deconstructing power that is structured through the grand narrative and manifested in…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Concept Formation, Power Structure, Teaching Methods
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Lemisko, Lynn – Canadian Social Studies, 2010
Diaries can serve as meaningful entry points for advancing historical consciousness and develop historical thinking (Seixas, 2002) because they can connect readers/learners with the diverse emotions, thoughts and motivations of the people who wrote them in particular times and particular places. According to philosopher and historian, R.G.…
Descriptors: Diaries, History Instruction, Perspective Taking, Historiography
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Barbour, Michael; Evans, Mark – Canadian Social Studies, 2008
A number of times over the past century, there have been struggles in the United States over what is and is not included in the history curriculum. These struggles have primarily been over who is represented in the teaching of history. In Canada, however, this debate has not been as prevalent. For example, Historica's Heritage Minutes is a…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Heritage Education, Investigations, Culturally Relevant Education
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Lévesque, Stéphane – Canadian Social Studies, 2005
This article addresses the second-order concept of "historical significance" and attempts to answer the question of what criteria are used to make decisions about it in history and school history. Specifically, it explores the way Francophone and Anglophone students ascribe significance to selected historical events in Canada and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, History Instruction, Concept Teaching, Teaching Methods
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Shields, Patricia – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Compares students' perceptions of democracy through two similar class activities presented in second- and twelfth-grade classes. Finds that both groups of students defined democracy within their own contexts and settings; one difference was that the older students' perceptions and the issues they dealt with were broader. (CMK)
Descriptors: Association (Psychology), Authoritarianism, Community, Curiosity
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Chamberlin, Chuck – Canadian Social Studies, 1991
Discusses student responses to a fourth grade teacher's efforts to engage students in social action. Indicates that most students felt they could be passive good citizens and that social action would fail anyway. Argues that schools need to promote active citizenship. Examines an alternative model of citizenship education that promotes individual…
Descriptors: Activism, Citizenship Education, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Decision Making
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Kilgour, David – Canadian Social Studies, 1991
Reports findings of a survey suggesting that Edmonton, Alberta residents favor a referendum before any changes are made in Canada's constitution. Explains changes proposed by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Examines plans for House of Commons reform, aboriginal self-government, economic union for Canada, worker training, immigration, and other…
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Constitutional Law, Federal Government, Governmental Structure
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Gierl, Mark J. – Canadian Social Studies, 1999
Examines the effects of differential item functioning (DIF) between males and females on the June 1996 administration of the Alberta Education Social Studies 30 Diploma Examination. Reveals that the majority of the multiple-choice items did not display DIF when males and females were compared, and only one item was associated with bias. (CMK)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Item Bias, Multiple Choice Tests, Secondary Education
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Kelebay, Yarema Gregory – Canadian Social Studies, 1992
Critiques current views of multiculturalism. Reveals results of a student survey concerning a Canadian history curriculum. Indicates that students express concern for Eurocentrism, insensitivity to Native peoples, and sex bias uniformly, but ignore other minorities. Explores multiculturalism's ideological bases. Identifies the movement with…
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Canada Natives, Curriculum, Ethnocentrism
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