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Geography Department


Ms. T. Abbotts
Department Head

The Place of Canadian and World Studies in the Curriculum

In Canadian and world studies, students develop skills, knowledge and understanding, and attitudes that will serve them both inside and outside the classroom, including in the world of work and as responsible citizens in the various communities to which they belong. The focus of teaching and learning in the Canadian and world studies curriculum is the development of ways of thinking and of transferable skills that students need in order

to acquire and apply knowledge and understanding. Students apply these concepts of thinking and skills in a variety of contexts to examine information critically; to assess the significance of events, developments, and processes; to develop an understanding of and respect for different points of view; to reach supportable conclusions; and to propose solutions to, and courses of actions to address, real problems.

The Grade 9 to 12 Canadian and world studies curriculum shares a common vision with the Grade 1 to 8 social sciences, history and geography curriculum. That vision and the goals of the elementary and secondary program are as follows:
  • develop the ability to use the "concepts of disciplinary thinkng" to investigate issues, events, events, and
  • develop the ability to determine and apply appropriate criteria to evaluate information and evidence
  • develop skills and personal attributes that are needed  for discipline-specific inquiry and that can be
  • build collaborative and cooperative working relationships;
  • use appropriate technology as a tool to help them gather and analyse information, solve problems
             Taken from the Revised 2013 Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum 9 - 12

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