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dc.contributor.author von Heyking, Amy
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-16T23:37:24Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-16T23:37:24Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation von Heyking, A. (2012). Implementing progressive education in Alberta's rural schools. Historical Studies in Education/Revue d'histoire de l'education, 24(1), 93-111. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/4701
dc.description Open access journal en_US
dc.description.abstract In the mid-1930s, in the midst of economic depression, social turmoil and political upheaval, the province of Alberta introduced an innovative progressive school curriculum, consisting of the “enterprise” approach and the replacement of history courses with Social Studies. Historians who have examined this revision, like Robert Patterson, assert that the curriculum was never seriously implemented, particularly in the rural schools of the province. They argue that young and inexperienced teachers with few teaching resources were simply not up to the task of putting the child-centred, project-based program into effect. This paper argues that rural teachers, not inhibited by many elements of what Tyack and Cuban call “the grammar of schooling,” were actually well placed to implement hands-on, subject-integrated and student-directed learning activities. An examination of a range of primary source material, including teacher memoirs, newspaper accounts and Department of Education correspondence, indicates that rural teachers, though they faced considerable challenges in fully implementing progressive curriculum reforms, adopted and adapted teaching practices they saw as relevant and useful for the students in their classrooms. en_US
dc.language.iso en_CA en_US
dc.publisher Canadian History of Education Association en_US
dc.subject Curriculum change--Alberta--History en_US
dc.subject Curriculum planning--Alberta--History en_US
dc.subject Education--Alberta--History en_US
dc.subject Progressive education--Alberta en_US
dc.subject Rural schools--Alberta en_US
dc.subject Rural teachers en_US
dc.title Implementing progressive education in Alberta's rural schools en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Education en_US
dc.description.peer-review Yes en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en_US


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