Dr, Margie Patrick explores the Alberta government’s attempt to include religion in the draft Social Studies curriculum in this article in Our Schools/Ourselves. Margie Patrick, PhDDr. Patrick taught high school for 12 years before obtaining a PhD in Religious Studies. Her current research examines how secondary social studies teachers teach about religion when and if it appears in the curriculum, current events, controversial issues, or student questions. www.kingsu.ca/about-us/staff-directory/contact_id/3605
The Department of Elementary Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta hosted two public information sessions on the draft K-6 curriculum. The first session was held on February 22, 2022 and the second session was held on March 15, 2022.
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Carla Peck, PhDDr. Peck researches the teaching and learning of history and citizenship, the role of identity in students’ historical understandings and uses of the past, and teachers’ and students’ understandings of democratic concepts. carlapeck.wordpress.com/
In less than three months since Alberta’s draft K-6 curriculum’s release, educators across the country have released a torrent of criticism levelled at the social studies portion of the curriculum. More apparent to me however is how the curricular narratives construct not only a racialized and exclusionary Albertan “we”, but how that “we” also carries with it gendered intonations.
Thomas King (2003) powerfully asserted, “The truth about stories is that’s all we are” (p. 153). As a narrative inquirer, my scholarship and research are rooted in my belief that our lives and world(s) (Lugones, 1987) are profoundly storied. As such, I will provide an analysis of Alberta’s Draft K-6 Social Studies Curriculum by first sharing and then interweaving some of my stories of experiences as a Muslim woman, pre-service teacher educator, and researcher living within amiskwaciy-wâskahikan in Treaty 6… Read More »Narrating Dangerous Single Stories: An Analysis of Alberta’s Draft K-6 Social Studies Curriculum
Dr. Pamela Roach expresses concern about the development and content of the draft Social Studies K-6 curriculum recently released by the Alberta government.
Yvonne Poitras Pratt and Jennifer Markides suggest that the draft K-6 curriculum now being proposed to educators, students, and families across Alberta is a “white-washed” curriculum.
Dr. Margie Patrick examines how the draft curriculum conceptualizes religion and belief systems, its proposal for studying religion, and its regard for religious diversity.