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Exploring progressivism in the Quebec Education Program

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Exploring progressivism in the Quebec Education Program

Gallagher, Erin (2010) Exploring progressivism in the Quebec Education Program. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Through the past two decades, Quebecers have borne witness to a ministerial overhaul of their education system that has resulted in the implementation of a new competency-based curriculum - the Quebec Education Program (QEP). This thesis begins with an overview of the historical context of this reform with particular emphasis on the shift from a church-based scholastic system to a largely secular state run model. The progressive foundations of the QEP will be presented through an overview of the historical trends in North American progressivism as well as through a discussion of John Dewey's, William H. Kilpatrick's and Herbert Kohl's educational philosophies in particular. The child-centered, cooperative and interdisciplinary learning environments proposed by these early progressive philosophers and implemented in the QEP will be highlighted with concrete classroom examples. By narrowing the focus of the analysis to the English Language Arts section of the QEP, the progressive elements of curricular implementation as well as the difficulty in incorporating these philosophies within the practice of student evaluation will be discussed. This thesis ends with a call for further research into the effectiveness of the QEP as well as for the formulation of clearly defined evaluation strategies consistent with the principles of progressive education.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Gallagher, Erin
Pagination:iv, 116 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Educational Studies
Date:2010
Thesis Supervisor(s):Waddington, D
ID Code:979272
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:09 Dec 2014 17:56
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:48
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