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Thompson Rivers University

EDTE 3181: History of Education

The relationships between schools and society are complex and contradictory. Students examine the changing relationships between schools and society, this course will provide insights into individuals and groups that have determined both what kinds of schools should exist and what should happen in them. This course considers Indigenous perspectives and ways of knowing and the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Lenses relevant to social justice issues including, cultural, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, religion and socioeconomic diversity will be explored.

Learning outcomes

  1. Examine the roles schools have played and continue to play in British Columbian society;
  2. Understand the evolution of decision-making bodies and processes in British Columbia’s educational history;
  3. Observe the (in)congruent relationship between educational policies and educational practice;
  4. Critically appreciate the increasing professionalization of teachers;
  5. Consider the historic roles of children in British Columbian society and acknowledge the diversity of childhood experiences;
  6. Recognize the relevance and application of education theory to the practice of teaching;
  7. Judge and contextualize primary education documents; and,
  8. Review current research on the history of education in British Columbia.

Course topics

Module 1 : Introduction to Educational Foundations

Module 2 : Why study history?

Module 3 : Introduction to Indigenous Issues

Module 4 : Gender/Sexuality

Module 5 : Culture/Ethnicity

Module 6 : Culture/Teacher Beliefs

Module 7 : Social Justice

Module 8 : Schooling in Different Times and Contexts

Module 9 : Transformative Teacher Development

Module 10 : 21st Century

Required text and materials

Students will receive the following:

  1. Barman, J, Gleason, M. (2003). Children, Teachers and Schools in the History of British Columbia (2nd ed.). Brush Education.
    ISBN: 978-1550592511


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory project.

Assignment 1: Online Discussions and Critical Responses 20%
Assignment 2: Historical Novel Critique 20%
Assignment 3: Weblinks Project 10%
Assignment 4: Presentations 20%
Final Project : Narrative Essay (mandatory) 30%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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