Please join me in congratulating Dr. Penney Clark and Dr. Lindsay Gibson for being successful co-applicants in a pan-Canadian research project entitled “Thinking Historically for Canada’s Future” that has been awarded a seven-year, $2.5 million SSHRC Partnership Grant.
Led by former UBC EDCP PhD student Dr. Carla Peck (University of Alberta), this collaborative research project brings together 27 Canadian researchers, 17 university partners, and 31 partners from Canadian educational and history organizations to investigate “the potential for history to help students engage with key challenges facing Canadian society today and in the future.” The 48 partner organizations have contributed an additional $6,125,498 to the project, which brings total funds to $8,625,498.
Organized into three research clusters, two of which are being co-led by Dr. Clark (Curriculum and Resources) and Dr. Gibson (Teaching and Learning), researchers will complete the following activities:
- Map the terrain of history education.
- Ascertain to what extent history and social studies teaching helps students engage with the key issues facing Canadian society today.
- Identify and develop evidence-based practices in history teaching, learning, assessment, and resource development, and evaluate their efficacy in providing powerful and engaged learning experiences for students, particularly in building trans-systemic understanding across knowledge systems.
- Cultivate communities of practices grounded in theoretical and empirical research.
- Use research findings to make evidence-based policy recommendations.
Once again, join me in congratulating Dr. Clark and Dr. Gibson for being part of this important partnership and project.
Dr. Samson Nashon, EdD
Department Head & Professor of Science Education