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Couture, J-C – Canadian Social Studies, 2017
A recent study that surveyed close to 500 Alberta social studies teachers concluded that irreconcilable pressures "point to tensions between the formal program of studies and its prescribed outcomes, and the realities and complexities of classrooms where teachers attempt to realize good practices" (Alberta Teachers' Association, 2016, p,…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Teacher Surveys
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Gibson, Lindsay – Canadian Social Studies, 2013
The latest round in Canada's History Wars was set off by reports on May 2, 2013, that the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage was going to "undertake a thorough and comprehensive review of significant aspects in Canadian history." As details of the Heritage Committee's review emerged, controversy erupted as politicians, historians,…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Educational Policy, Politics of Education, Foreign Countries
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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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Thompson, Laura A. – Canadian Social Studies, 2004
Beginning in the early 20th century, the role of citizenship as an organizing concept has been significant in the teaching of social studies. The central aim of the social studies was the production of "good citizens," and the main focus of the Alberta social studies curriculum has ultimately become developing "responsible"…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Studies, Citizenship Education, Junior High Schools
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Osborne, Ken – Canadian Social Studies, 2000
Focuses on the use of storytelling as a means of teaching history. Explores the ideas presented by Charles McMurry in his handbook "Special Method in History" that addresses the use of stories in teaching. States that McMurry thought history could be interesting and tangible for even the youngest child. (CMK)
Descriptors: Books, Constructivism (Learning), Curriculum Development, Educational Practices
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Werner, Walt – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Notes that there is a rich literature within social studies education promoting the teaching of controversial issues. Observes that, despite this, teachers continue to be cautious, only giving controversies a token nod in curricula. Suggests four reasons why controversial content continues to be difficult for teachers to implement. (DSK)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Current Events, Curriculum Development, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Dhand, Harry – Canadian Social Studies, 1994
Contends that imagination and creativity go hand in hand and that creativity can and must be cultivated among students at all levels of education. Presents a classroom approach where students are the experts on a variety of global issues and projects. Includes 7 tables illustrating the approach and 21 descriptions of student roles. (CFR)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Community Resources, Creativity, Curriculum Development
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1993
Questions whether current social studies curriculum units and learning activities contribute to the goals of citizenship education. Contends that student attitudes about citizenship are seldom affected by typical social studies instruction. Asserts that teachers must understand and accept larger educational goals and develop classroom activities…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education
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Mock, Karen R. – Canadian Social Studies, 1995
Maintains that educators have been at the forefront in the quest for equal opportunity. Asserts, however, that there is resistance to recognizing and removing bias from the curriculum and instructional materials. Discusses challenges in implementing inclusive education in Canadian schools. (CFR)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Curriculum Development
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Akinbote, Olusegun – Canadian Social Studies, 1995
Maintains that citizenship education is an important aspect of the philosophy of Nigerian education. Describes the role and growth of citizenship education from the precolonial period to the present. Provides suggestions on how to make citizenship education in Nigeria more effective. (CFR)
Descriptors: African Culture, African History, Citizenship Education, Colonialism
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Steinhauer, Noella – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Reviews books on Canadian Indian history for use by history teachers. Argues that this selection of books will help stimulate student interest in history by making the curriculum more relevant and by using seldom-presented materials. Provides ideas for further sources of information about Canadian Indian history. (DSK)
Descriptors: American Indians, Annotated Bibliographies, Book Reviews, Canada Natives
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Seixas, Peter – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Introduces the articles and topics featured in this special theme issue. The articles revolve around two major developments: the cognitive revolution in psychology and the historiographic revolution in history. Reviews the history of these two revolutions and notes articles relevant to each. (DSK)
Descriptors: Cognitive Psychology, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Clark, Penney – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Traces challenges to history's place in Canadian school curricula during the 20th century. Argues that while citizenship goals have provided the rationale for teaching history, history as a vehicle of citizenship education has come under assault. Considers the question of inclusion in the historical narrative and how it has been addressed. (DSK)
Descriptors: Canadian Studies, Citizenship Education, Civics, Curriculum Development
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Al-Qahtani, Salem Ali Salem – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Argues that social studies in Saudi Arabia has gone through three periods since the 1920s. Reviews the first two periods as an introduction to contemporary developments. Notes the goals of social studies in Saudi Arabia. Reviews the results of a series of studies on the social studies curriculum and instruction. (DSK)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Curriculum Development, Educational History
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Freese, John R. – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Discusses Benjamin Bloom's taxonomy of thinking skills and applies concepts from this framework to social studies instruction. Attempts to connect all six levels of Bloom's taxonomy to social studies instruction and assessment. Provides a concrete example of an instructional method that integrates the multiple stages of cognition described by…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development
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