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Alan Sears

Alan Sears is a Professor of Social Studies Education and a member of the Citizenship Education Research and Development Group at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. He has been a social studies teacher for more than 25 years working at all levels from primary to graduate school. In addition to co-editing Trends and Issues in Canadian Social Studies and Challenges and Prospects for Canadian Social Studies, he has published extensively in the area of citizenship education. He is currently principal investigator on a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada project designed to map how middle school students in Canada and Russia think about key ideas related to democratic citizenship. Since 1998 Dr. Sears and colleagues from UNB have been collaborating with the Russian Association for Civic Education on the Spirit of Democracy Project in developing a teaching approach and materials to support teaching for and about democracy in Russian schools (www.spiritofdemocracy.com).

Research Interests

Social studies education, citizenship education, educational policy, phenomenography

Recent Publications

Sears, Alan and Hyslop-Margison Emery (In press). The Cult of Citizenship Education. In, George Richardson and David Blades, eds. Troubling the Canon of Citizenship Education ( New York , Peter Lang).

Peck, Carla & Sears, Alan (2005). Uncharted Territory: Mapping Students’ Conceptions of Ethnic Diversity. Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal, in press.

Sears, Alan & Hughes, Andrew S. (2005). Learning from Each Other: Toward a Democratic Approach to International Collaboration in Civic Education. International Journal of Citizenship and Teacher Education, 1, 1, in press.

Sears, Alan and Wright, Ian, eds. (2004). Challenges and Prospects for Canadian Social Studies. ( Vancouver : Pacific Educational Press).

Sears, Alan (2004). In Search of Good Citizens: Citizenship Education and Social Studies in Canada . In Sears, Alan and Wright, Ian, eds. (2004). Challenges and Prospects for Canadian Social Studies. ( Vancouver : Pacific Educational Press): 90-106.

Hughes, Andrew S. and Sears, Alan (2004). Situated Learning and Anchored Instruction as Vehicles for Social Education. In Sears, Alan and Wright, Ian, eds. (2004). Challenges and Prospects for Canadian Social Studies. ( Vancouver : Pacific Educational Press): 259-273.

Davies, Ian; Cunningham, Peter; Evans, Mark; Fredrikson, Gunilla; Pike, Graham; Rathenow, Hans-Fred; Sears, Alan; Tesch, Felicitas and Whitty, Pam (2004). Developing Citizenship Through International Exchanges, in James Arthur and Karen E. Bohlin, eds., Citizenship and Higher Education. ( London : RoutledgeFalmer), in press.

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