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2016 Historical Thinking Summer Institute

Location: Museum of Vancouver

Date: July 11–16, 2016

Program Description

Historical thinking is now a foundation for history and social studies curricula across the country and internationally, and museum and heritage educators are similarly embracing it. This Historical Thinking Summer Institute is designed for teachers, curriculum developers, professional development leaders, historians and museum educators who want to enhance their expertise at designing history courses, programs, and educational resources with explicit attention to historical thinking.

Attendees of the 2016 Historical Thinking Summer Institute will participate in a variety of activities including presentations, workshops, field trips, discussions of readings, guest lectures, and group work to explore six historical thinking concepts: evidence, significance, continuity & change, cause & consequence, perspective-taking, and the ethical dimension of history.

These concepts will shape our exploration of the substantive theme of migrations, Aboriginal/settler relations, resource extraction, and labour history. Visits to museum exhibitions and collections storage will provide the opportunity to discuss the role of material culture in history education and historical interpretation.  

2016 Summer Institute Program DRAFT

Course Description and Reading List

Dr. Lindsay Gibson, University of Alberta
Dr. Viviane Gosselin, Museum of Vancouver

Founding Director: Dr. Peter Seixas, University of British Columbia
Dr. Seixas will present the Introduction to the Historical Thinking Concepts on Monday, will join us for the group dinner on Wednesday night, and will attend the final group presentations on Saturday.

For more information contact:
Jessica Knapp,  Online Engagement Coordinator, Canada's History
204-988-9300 ext. 232

Registration & Fees 

If you wish to register please contact Jessica Knapp directly at: 
204-988-9300 ext. 232 or toll free at 1-866-952-3444

July 11-15, 2016 | Fees: $525 ($500 + GST)
Full payment is required with your online registration in order to reserve your space. We accept payment by credit card or debit card. 
Refund Policy:
Please note that should the course be cancelled, a full refund will be issued.
To withdraw from the 2016 Summer Institute please submit written notice by June 15 to be eligible for a full refund (less a $60 administration fee). No refund will be provided for cancellations received after this date.

Canadian Museum Association Bursary Program

Participants may be eligible for the Canadian Museum Association (CMA) Bursary Program. To download the Application Form, please visit the CMA web site, or contact Adèle Brazeau-Feeley, Administrative Officer at (613) 567-0099 ext 240. Application Deadline for CMA Bursaries: see CMA website

Accommodations are the responsibility of the participant. Here are some suggestions to get you started (prices are approximates only):

· At the high end, but a convenient 15 minute walk from the Museum of Vancouver is the Granville Island Hotel ($275 per night).
· There are some bed and breakfasts within walking distance to the Museum, but still $150 per night.
· Hotel Ambassador downtown on Granville St has water taxi access to Granville Island and is listed at $100 on (other downtown hotels might be similarly priced).
· Cheap hotels only in East Vancouver, Richmond, or Surrey/Delta area.
· Gage Residence at UBC comes up for that time period at $139 on
· Jericho Beach Hostel is $94.
· The cheapest deal comes from the Pacific Spirit Hostel (at UBC) at $35 per night, about a 30 minute bus ride/walk to the Museum.

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