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Craig, Dana; Etcheverry, Jose; Ferris, Stefan – McGill Journal of Education, 2016
This Note provides an analysis of Mexico's "Telesecundaria" program within the context of Mexico's new education reform framework offering a succinct background of the project, as well as key policy lessons that can be useful for other jurisdictions interested in the development of distance education programs. This Note uses a literature…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Access to Education, Interviews, Qualitative Research
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Weisseno, Georg; Landwehr, Barbara – McGill Journal of Education, 2015
This study investigates the effectiveness of political science classes in Germany. It analyzes whether or not 1,071 students in the 9th and 10th grade showed increases in knowledge after participating in the lesson series. This analysis focuses on the competence dimension "subject-specific content knowledge" as well as on the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Political Science, European History, Knowledge Level
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Lévesque, Stéphane G.; Zanazanian, Paul – McGill Journal of Education, 2015
This paper looks at the historical consciousness of prospective history teachers in Canada. Using a bilingual online survey instrument inspired by the pan-Canadian research "Canadians and their Pasts" with volunteer participants (N = 233), the study investigates their background knowledge, their perceptions of the trustworthiness of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, History Instruction, Preservice Teachers, National Surveys
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Van Nieuwenhuyse, Karel; Wils, Kaat; Clarebout, Geraldine; Verschaffel, Lieven – McGill Journal of Education, 2015
The present plays an important part in history education, in particular in efforts to make the study of the past relevant for today. This contribution examines how the relationship between past and present is dealt with in current Flemish secondary history education by analyzing 190 written history exams for the 11th and 12th grade. Ten percent of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, History Instruction, Secondary Education, Tests
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Moisan, Sabrina; Hirsch, Sivane; Audet, Geneviève – McGill Journal of Education, 2015
Teaching about the Holocaust is mandatory in many societies. This prescription is justified by authorities with many reasons: educating pupils for a better understanding of human rights, peace, war, genocide, critical thinking, historical thinking, racism, etc. The Holocaust can carry a very strong moral and emotional charge. But why do teachers…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, History Instruction, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes
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Sant, Edda; González-Monfort, Neus; Fernández, Antoni Santisteban; Blanch, Joan Pagès; Freixa, Montserrat Oller – McGill Journal of Education, 2015
In this article we analyze how a group of Catalan students (aged 11-13, N = 245) narrate the history of Catalonia and we compare their narratives with the official Catalan narrative. From an interpretative approach, we collect data by requiring the students to write down what they remember about the history of Catalonia. The research is conducted…
Descriptors: Narration, Social History, Historical Interpretation, Patriotism
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Hamel, Christine; Turcotte, Sandrine; Laferriere, Therese; Bisson, Nicolas – McGill Journal of Education, 2015
Education research has shown the importance of helping students develop comprehension skills. Explanation-seeking rather than fact-seeking pedagogies have been shown to warrant deeper student understanding. This study investigates the use of Knowledge Forum (KF) in K-6 classrooms (n = 251) to develop students' explanation skills. To this end, we…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Interviews, Student Attitudes, Computer Mediated Communication
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Parker, Dan; McGray. Robert – McGill Journal of Education, 2015
This research draws into question the effects that neoliberal policy reforms--with an emphasis on individual and measurable "competencies"--has on new teachers teaching sexuality education in Quebec. While we examine professional competencies that teachers can use to define their mandate for teaching sexuality education as a beginning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sex Education, Neoliberalism, Educational Policy
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Stephenson, Carol; Stirling, John; Wray, David – McGill Journal of Education, 2015
This article critically evaluates the attempt of the authors to develop a sociological imagination within first-year undergraduate students studying the discipline of sociology at a British university. Through a sociological analysis of biography and autobiography (of both teachers and students), we attempted to create a quality of mind that would…
Descriptors: Autobiographies, College Freshmen, Sociology, Biographies
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Zaver, Arzina – McGill Journal of Education, 2015
In 2008, the Québec Ministry of Education introduced the Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) program. Though the ERC is a positive step forward in promoting and fostering much-needed religious literacy skills, the implications of a "neutral" professional posture asked of its teachers have been difficult to translate into the classroom.…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Literacy, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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Kim, Eun-Ji Amy – McGill Journal of Education, 2015
Motivated by the striking under-representation of Indigenous students in the field of science and technology, the Ontario Ministry of Education has attempted to integrate Aboriginal perspectives into their official curricula in hopes of making a more culturally relevant curriculum for Indigenous students. Using hermeneutic content analysis (HCA),…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Canada Natives, Culturally Relevant Education
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den Heyer, Kent; van Kessel, Cathryn – McGill Journal of Education, 2015
We all have a sense of evil, but many of us do not ponder its nature or the ways in which our beliefs about evil shape what we teach and learn about the actions of citizens in historical or contemporary times. We argue that the word and concept of evil can be detrimental to the development of good citizens when it is used as a political and…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Teaching Methods, Violence, Role of Education
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Rodon, Thierry; Lévesque, Francis; Dalseg, Sheena Kennedy – McGill Journal of Education, 2015
The purpose of this study was to learn from the experiences of postsecondary Inuit students from Canada. Through surveys, interviews, and focus groups, we realized that despite the challenges associated with pursuing postsecondary education in the South, most respondents perceived their experience to be positive. Lack of access to sufficient and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Canada Natives, Student Surveys
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Maxwell, Bruce; Tremblay-Laprise, Audrée-Anne; Filion, Marianne – McGill Journal of Education, 2015
This paper reports the results of a survey on ethics education in initial teacher education in Canada. Using an online survey and an academic calendar analysis, data was collected on ethics course requirements, perceptions about ethics content, institutional factors mediating the implementation of ethics courses, and teaching and learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Curriculum Research, Preservice Teacher Education, Online Surveys
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Carani, George; Carani, José; Strong-Wilson, Teresa – McGill Journal of Education, 2014
"Alphabetização" (literacy) of young children involves a school exclusively devoted to the early years, parental participation, and teachers specialized in early literacy. This is the basis of José Carani's proposal for an "escola familia" in the municipality of Cambé (Brazil). This "Note from the Field," based on our…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Emergent Literacy, Specialization, Program Proposals
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