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Education History

Bringing History to Life

Teaching Fact and Fiction

edited by Marc-André Éthier & David Lefrançois

series edited by Nicholas Ng-A-Fook & Carole Fleuret

contributions by Charles-Antoine Bachand, Julien Bazile, Etienne Anheim, Audrey Bélanger, Jean-François Boutin, Vincent Boutonnet, Penney Clark, Olivier Côté, Stéphanie Demers, Simon Dor, Alexandre Lanoix, Virginie Martel, Anik Meunier, Sabrina Moisan, Carla Peck, Bastien Sasseville, Alan Sears, Valérie Theis & Marie-Pierre Tremblay

translated by Judith Weisz Woodsworth

Les Presses de l'Université d'Ottawa/University of Ottawa Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2024
History, General, Video & Electronic
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History has never been as present in our daily lives as it is today.
Through any number of media outlets, tens of millions of people are in daily contact with historical discourses and practices. Between games, informational articles, social media posts and other sources, history is everyhere—in Civilization VI, “life-size” role-playing games, The Berlin Trilogy, The Iron Throne, and the works of Tolkien or Satrapi. It’s in cultural productions that evoke events or phenomena that happened or are still happening (Assassin's Creed Unity, SLĀV and Kanata, Gone With the Wind).
This rise in popularity of history, along with an unprecedented access to social platforms, provide opposing and irreconcilable views of what should be commemorated (or debunked), of decolonization and reconciliation, and of other historical and social justice questions such as the elimination of police brutality and racism.
How can we help our youth develop the critical thinking they need to address these questions?
Reflecting on the use of works of non-academic history in the classroom, the authors of this book explore the use of popular or public history in the classroom to teach historical thinking that will enable students to become informed and engaged citizens.

About the authors

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Nicholas Ng-A-Fook is a professor and director of the Teacher Education Program at the University of Ottawa.

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Penney Clark is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia and the director of the History Education Network/Histoire et éducation en réseau (THEN/ HiER). She was awarded the Killam Teaching Prize in 2005 for her teaching of social studies curriculum and instruction, the history of curriculum, and the politics of curriculum development courses at UBC. She co-authored three Canadian history textbooks and has published articles in the Journal of Canadian Studies, Canadian Journal of Education, American Journal of Education, History of Education Quarterly, and Theory and Research in Social Education. Her most recent publication is the edited volume, New Possibilities for the Past: Shaping History Education in Canada (UBC Press, 2011). For additional information, see

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Alan Sears is Professor of Sociology at Ryerson University, Toronto. He is the author of Retooling the Mind Factory: Education in a Lean State (UTP, 2003) and co-author with James Cairns of The Democratic Imagination (UTP, 2012).

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Judith Weisz Woodsworth is a translator and former professor of translation studies at Concordia University. She is the recipient of the 2022 Governor General’s literary award for her translation of History of the Jews in Quebec by Pierre Anctil. Her translations include novels by Pierre Nepveu and Abla Farhoud (Hutchison Street, LLP 2018), and she has published widely on translation history and theory. She lives in Montreal.

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