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UAlberta education researcher receives $2.5M grant to promote historical thinking for Canada’s future

Published on: 18 Jul 2019

July 17, 2019

A national partnership led by UAlberta education researcher Carla Peck has received $2.5 million in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to investigate the potential for history to help students engage with key challenges facing Canadian society today and in the future. Additional funding from partners, comprising 17 universities and 31 educational and history organizations, brings the project budget to more than $8.6 million over seven years. “As more educational jurisdictions look to incorporate historical thinking and Indigenous Knowledge into history and social studies curricula, and link these to civic engagement, a solid, thorough research base is crucially needed to support and inform this work,” said project director Carla Peck, a professor of Elementary Education in UAlberta’s Faculty of Education.

Project goals include:

• Surveying how history is taught and learned in diverse contexts across the country

• Identifying and designing effective history teaching practices that provide powerful and engaging learning experiences for students

• Responding to the TRC Calls to Action by exploring frameworks drawn from Indigenous Knowledge systems to navigate complex histories and relationships

• Creating innovative digital and print resources for K–12 history education that promote critical historical thinking

“The generosity of SSHRC in funding this research and the scale of the project reflect the importance of developing a national strategy for improving the way students learn and think about history,” said Peck, who added that research findings will be used to make evidence-based policy recommendations for history curriculum, teaching, and assessment.

Dr. Peck is available for media interviews about the project “Thinking historically for Canada’s future.”

For more information:
Scott Lingley
Communications Associate, Faculty of Education

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