Penny Clark, University of British Columbia

Curriculum and Pedagogy Professor Vancouver, British Columbia penney.clark@ubc.ca Office: (604) 822-3958

Bio/Research

Penney Clark's research interests centre on the areas of social studies education; history teaching and learning; the historical development of curriculum in Canada; the political and economic contexts of curriculum development and textbook production; and deconstruction of text.

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Bio/Research

Penney Clark's research interests centre on the areas of social studies education; history teaching and learning; the historical development of curriculum in Canada; the political and economic contexts of curriculum development and textbook production; and deconstruction of text.

Dr. Clark was recently awarded a Strategic Knowledge Cluster Grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The History Education Network/Histoire et education en Reseau (THEN/HiER) (2008-2015) will promote the development and maintenance of a community of inquiry among the various constituencies involved in history education: academic historians; public historians in museums, archives and historic sites; practicing teachers; researchers based in faculties of education; and curriculum policy makers. It aims to disseminate current Canadian and international research on history education out of the universities to broader communities of stakeholders; provide opportunities for engagement with, and critique of, this research, with the aim of bridging research and practice; and to promote new classroom research. This project will collaboratively develop teacher resource materials and on-line museum-based activities for schools, as well as authentic approaches to assessment of students’ historical literacy. It will also make recommendations for curriculum policy. Co-Applicants: Margaret Conrad, Professor and CRC, University of New Brunswick; Kevin Kee, Associate Professor and CRC, Brock University; Jocelyn Letourneau, Professor and CRC, Laval; Stephane Levesque, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa; Ruth Sandwell, Associate Professor, OISE/UT; Peter Seixas, Professor and CRC, UBC; Amy von Heyking, Associate Professor, University of Lethbridge.

Dr. Clark was the recipient of the Killam Teaching Prize in 2006 and the British Columbia Social Studies Teachers' Association Innovator-0f-the-Year Award in 2008. She has taught in public schools in British Columbia and Alberta. She has taught both elementary and secondary social studies curriculum and instruction courses at the University of Alberta, Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia. She worked as a social studies consultant for the Edmonton Public School District, where she developed a variety of materials for teacher use. She is a co-author of three widely used Canadian history textbooks and co-editor of The Anthology of Social Studies, Volumes One and Two.



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