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The Many Faces of History Teacher Education

The History Education Network/Histoire et Education en Reseau (THEN/HiER) and the Faculty of Education, University of Lethbridge are hosting a symposium on history teacher education April 27 to April 29, 2011, at the Hotel Arts in Calgary.

THEN/HiER is the first pan-Canadian organization devoted to promoting and improving history teaching and learning by bringing together the multiple and varied constituencies involved in history education, from classroom teachers, to museum educators, to history education scholars working in academic settings.

Critical to the improvement of history teaching in schools is the preparation of future history and social studies teachers. This symposium, hosted by Dr. Amy von Heyking, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, will bring together twenty scholars and educators working in post-secondary teacher preparation settings across Canada. The symposium will provide an opportunity for participants to share examples of best practices from their work with student teachers, and share the results of research they are conducting on effective history teacher preparation.

The symposium papers and discussions will be the basis for an edited collection on history teacher education, with participants contributing their research projects, exemplary teaching practices or reflections on the work of educating future history and social studies teachers.