Bridging the Gap Between Social Studies Program Mission Statements and Classroom Practice with Dr. David Scott

In this episode we are joined by Dr. David Scott, an Associate Professor in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Pre-service teachers Kristian Belliveau and Sandy Pann from the Werklund School of Education discuss Dr. Scott’s 2012 article, written with Dr. Laurence Abott, Trying to Make the Mission Statements of Social Studies Curriculum Inhabit My Social Studies Pedagogy and Vice Versa:

The conversation focuses on the disconnect many teachers experience between the mission statements of social studies curriculum documents seeking to promote active and potentially transformative forms of citizenship and teachers’ actual classroom practises. Dr. Scott discusses his attempt to bridge this gap through a Grade 8 inquiry project that asked students to consider whether conditions and developments that occurred in Northern Italy during the Renaissance were present in the city in which the students resided. The possibilities and affordances of different forms of inquiry frameworks are discussed including throughline questioning strategies and authentic tasks.

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