“Significant Events in Canadian History” Survey

Published on: 2 Apr 2020

Significant Events in Canadian History


This study investigates the events in Canadian history K-16 educators think are most significant for their students to learn about, and the factors that influence their decisions about which events are historically significant.

The goal is to understand which events in the history of Canada different groups of history educators in Canada identify as most significant for their students to learn, and which factors influence history educators’ decisions about which events are most historically significant.

Please forward this email to educators who teach Canadian history in Canadian K-12 schools, Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel (Québec), or colleges and universities who are part of your email list.

Educators are invited to complete an online survey in French or English that will take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete. The survey asks participants to answer ten demographic questions about their ethnicity, gender, education, current teaching assignment and location, and years of teaching experience, and then use a 1-10 scale to rate 100 events in the history of Canada that participants think are most significant for students to learn about. Participants are also asked to select three factors that most influenced their decisions about which events in Canadian history are most significant for students to learn about. 

Click here for the English survey: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/preview/SV_eyB9wGVKYbwD1GZ?Q_SurveyVersionID=current&Q_CHL=preview  

Click here for the French survey: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/preview/SV_ey2zeyuCjTrDXaR?Q_SurveyVersionID=current&Q_CHL=preview  

This research has the potential to improve understanding of the similarities and differences between the historical events in Canadian history that different groups of educators select as being most significant, and the factors that influence their beliefs. There are no risks or harms of participating in this research study.

All responses are anonymous and no personal identifiers that could identify participants are utilized including: name, address, social insurance number, personal health number, date of birth, and postal code. No data will be posted to the web, and all research data will be stored on a password-protected computer.

Thank you,

Dr. Lindsay Gibson, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, University of British Columbia
Dr. Catherine Duquette, Professeur, Département des sciences de l'Éducation, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

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