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Susan Gibson

Susan Gibson began her career as a social studies teacher in the public school systems in both Alberta and Ontario, where she taught elementary/middle years grades. She is now a professor in the Department of Elementary Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. Since completing her PhD in Curriculum Studies at the University of British Columbia in 1995, Susan has taught undergraduate courses on social studies curriculum and graduate curriculum courses. Much of her research has focussed on how best to prepare pre-service and practising educators to teach social studies in a digital age. In 2009, she wrote Teaching Elementary Social Studies: A Social Constructivist Approach (Nelson Education). This book describes the problem-based inquiry approach to learning to teach social studies that Susan uses in her undergraduate teaching, for which she won both the Faculty of Education Undergraduate Teaching Award and the University of Alberta’s Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.


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