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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18092

Title: Centennial Celebrations in Toronto-area Schools
Authors: Hamilton, Melanie
Advisor: Morgan, Cecilia
Department: Theory and Policy Studies in Education
Keywords: history of education
centennial celebrations
Toronto
schools
pageantry
history education
Expo 67
art
music
travel
Igartua
Osborne
identities
Canada
nationalism
multiculturalism
Issue Date: 11-Dec-2009
Abstract: This thesis investigates and analyzes certain significant aspects of the Centennial celebrations of 1967 as they took place in Toronto-area schools. By considering the Centennial activities involving art, travel, music and historical pageantry—those deemed most significant by educational planners—I propose to evaluate how students, and Canadians in general, were thinking and learning about Canada and its people at the time. Throughout this essay, I argue that the Centennial celebrations are crucial evidence of a developing shift in the way that Canadians conceived of national identities and a change in how students were educated about Canadian history. In particular, I will argue that the Centennial celebrations in Toronto-area schools often demonstrated the continued development of a post-imperial vision of Canada’s national character, and an approach to history education which moved beyond the traditional timeline-oriented and British nation-building narratives that dominated early-twentieth-century Canadian education.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18092
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