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ERIC Number: EJ1073915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1191-162X
Identity and the Forthcoming Alberta Social Studies Curriculum: A Postcolonial Reading
Thompson, Laura A.
Canadian Social Studies, v38 n3 Spr 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" citizenship. While citizenship has always been the raison d'être of social studies, identity has also played an important role in the formation of young citizens. The author's aim in this article is to explore how and in what ways multiple perspectives can be read in the context of the Alberta Junior High social studies curriculum. After examining the evolving concepts of citizenship and identity from the 1970s to the 1990s, she undertakes a postcolonial reading of the forthcoming Alberta social studies curriculum.
University of Alberta. 347 Education South, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2G5, Canada. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada
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