Social Studies

Silent Masculinity and White Logic in Alberta’s K-6 Social Studies Curriculum

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.
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Narrating Dangerous Single Stories: An Analysis of Alberta’s Draft K-6 Social Studies Curriculum

Thomas King (2003) powerfully asserted, “The truth about stories is that’s all we are” (p. 153). As a narrative inquirer,...
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The Potential Health and Social Effects of Alberta’s Draft K-6 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.
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Promises made, promises broken – how the draft K-6 curriculum recolonizes the Métis in Alberta

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.
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Alberta’s Curriculum Controversy

Dr. Carla Peck examines the history section of the draft curriculum.
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Religion, Social Studies, and the Draft 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.
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Research/Inquiry Skills for Lifelong Learning

Professor Jennifer Branch-Mueller discusses the importance of research and inquiry in curriculum.
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Problems with “Classics” and “Western Civilization”

Classics professor Matthew A. Sears looks at the emphasis on “Classics” and the “West” in the Government of Alberta’s proposed K-6 curriculum.
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A Bold Return to the 19th Century

A former social studies educator and curriculum specialist with more than 40 years experience as a classroom teacher in Alberta and an Education Faculty member at the University of Alberta, explains that the current draft version of the social studies curriculum is a retrograde document that is wholly inappropriate in its structure, content and objectives.

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8 Questions about the Draft Alberta Social Studies Curriculum (K-6)

A guide to assessing the quality of school curricula.What are the different elements of a curriculum? What questions should I ask about a curriculum in order to identify its strengths and weaknesses?
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Analysis of the Draft Alberta K-6 Social Studies Curriculum (Part 1)

Dr. Carla Peck offers some high-level observations along with a heavily marked up copy of the K-2 portion of the curriculum.
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