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Conceptions of world history in the world history of programmes of Canadian secondary schools Walsh, Gerald


A programme of historical study known as "world history" is part of the social studies offerings of almost all the Canadian provinces. The purpose of this inquiry is to examine and evaluate the conceptions of world history embodied in these programmes. Authorized textbooks and provincial Department of Education curriculum bulletins are the two principal sources which are examined and analyzed in order to discover the organization and scope of the programmes, and the interpretations they embody. The recent views of English-speaking histories on the problem of defining and writing world history are examined as a basis for evaluation. The conceptions of world history are summarized and evaluated in terms of interpretation and world perspective. Conclusions are drawn as to the basic weaknesses of present approaches to the formulation of world history programmes, and some suggestions are offered as to the direction to be followed if viable programmes are to be introduced.

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