Exploring the relationship between students’ ethnic identities and the historical narratives they construct with Dr. Carla Peck

In this episode pre-service teachers Courtney Hyndman and Curtis Riep from the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education engage in conversation with Dr. Carla Peck, a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. The discussion centres on Dr. Peck’s 2010 article, It’s not like [I’m] Chinese and Canadian. I am in between”: Ethnicity and Students’ Conceptions of Historical Significance: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00933104.2010.10473440

We discuss the importance of recognizing student identities when teaching history, and how educators can work to do this in ways that acknowledge the fluid and plural nature of ethnic identities. The conversation then shifts to current curriculum changes taking place in Alberta and how this will affect the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Dr. Peck provides guidance around the uncertain climate that future teachers may find themselves in and how they can attend to calls for social justice in the context of curricular constraints.

Dr. Carla Peck faculty page: https://apps.ualberta.ca/directory/person/peck1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cpeck3

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