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Education - Foundations: History of Education

A guide to history of education resources in UVic Libraries.


This guide focuses on resources held by UVic Libraries on the History of Education with a particular focus on the research and theory of British Columbia and Canada's educational past.

For information on the UVic Libraries' collection of historical textbooks, schoolbooks, and historic curriculum guides now superceded by current BC curriculum standards, please contact the Education Librarian, Pia Russell.

For History resources more generally please consult the History Librarian, Tina Bebbington, and her library guides: History--Canada, Canadian Studies, or History How To: Primary Sources.

Your best source of information for an introduction to the history of education is your instructor or supervisor. Ask them for their recommendations of useful introductory resources.

Let me know if you have recommendations for additional resources to be listed on this guide.

Introductory Video Clip--Prof. Helen Raptis

Often students ask me for helpful introductory videos, below are some of my favourites.

Here is an interview with Professor Helen Raptis.  In this excellent video clip she very briefly outlines what the history of education is and how her research focuses on the educational experiences of BC's minority communities. 

Introductory Video Clip--Canadian Education Association

Professor Sharon Friesen, Vice Dean and the Associate Dean of Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.  In this video she speaks at the Canadian Education Association's 2013 conference in Calgary and provides a very short introduction to the history of Canada's educational systems.

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