Critical Thinking History

Each card focuses on a significant historical event in Canadian history and includes a title, a description of the event and an iconic image that provides clues about the event and when it occurred.

This set of cards was partially funded by the University of Alberta’s Thinking historically with source documents This six-page reference guide identifies freely available video, print and online resources that explain historical thinking, suggest how to teach it and offer sources of historical documents and images on topics in Canadian history.

The lessons can be found in the "Doing historical inquiry" section of this page.

Building on the work of Professor Peter Seixas of the University of British Columbia, TC² has developed engaging videos with accompanying lesson plans to introduce students to six historical thinking concepts that enable them to go beyond merely learning historical information to thinking deeply about history.

Correct Answer: Carry oxygen to all parts of the body Help the blood to clot Fight disease in the body Which of these is a major concern about the overuse of antibiotics?

Correct Answer: It can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria People will become addicted to antibiotics Antibiotics are very expensive Which is an example of a chemical reaction?It offers suggestions for how to help students choose and refine a topic of personal and historical significance, dig deeply and critically into that topic, connect their findings with broader themes, social issues and “big ideas” in the curriculum and creatively share their conclusions in a public forum.Enriching projects with historical thinking concepts This Tips for Teachers document outlines the value of embedding historical thinking concepts in projects, and how specific concepts help guide more rigorous historical inquiry.Critical thinking skills are often assessed via student beliefs in non-scientific ways of thinking, (e.g, pseudoscience).Courses aimed at reducing such beliefs have been studied in the STEM fields with the most successful focusing on skeptical thinking.Check out our 12 new teaching and learning materials, available in English and French, to support inquiry into local and Indigenous histories.The development of these lessons was made possible with generous funding from the Canada History Fund of the Government of Canada.However, critical thinking is not unique to the sciences; it is crucial in the humanities and to historical thinking and analysis.We investigated the effects of a history course on epistemically unwarranted beliefs in two class sections. Beliefs declined for history students compared to a control class and the effect was strongest for the honors section.With the following resources, educators can support students to research their own inquiry, take intellectual risks and learn curricular content by constructing meaning rather than simply absorbing facts.Tools for Thought lessons Developed for grades 1-12 and available in French and English, these lessons are designed to nurture the student competencies required for historical thinking and inquiry.

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