Historical Thinking Winter Institute

Royal British Columbia Museum
Victoria, British Columbia
February 15-16, 2019

Victoria, BC

Historical thinking is now a foundation for social studies curricula in B.C. and across the country and internationally, and museum and heritage educators are similarly embracing it. At its theoretical core historical thinking is a critical approach to the design and development of school history curricula and resources, and historical museum exhibits and educational programs.

Since 2007, the Historical Thinking Project, Canada’s History and various museum partners have organized an annual weeklong historical thinking summer institute for teachers, graduate students, curriculum developers, professional development leaders, historians, and museum educators who want to enhance their expertise in designing history programs, courses, units, projects, lessons, or educational resources that explicitly focus on historical thinking.

On February 15–16, 2019, the Historical Thinking Project, Canada’s History, and the Royal British Columbia Museum (RBCM) are organizing the first ever Historical Thinking Winter Institute (HTWI). Over two days lead instructor Dr. Lindsay Gibson, museum education specialists, and other special guests will lead workshops, learning activities, and small group discussions that utilize the museum’s exhibitions, primary sources, and artifacts to deepen participants’ understanding of six historical thinking concepts: evidence and interpretations, historical significance, continuity & change, cause & consequence, historical perspective, and the ethical dimension of history.

Participants will investigate how to apply historical thinking in their institutional contexts, and on the afternoon of February 16 participants will informally share one idea for applying historical thinking in their context. This could be a professional development activity for colleagues that introduces one or more historical concepts; a historical thinking unit, lesson, project, teaching/learning resource; an assessment tool or strategy; a museum education program or activity; a local history, museum, or archival project, or other ideas that participants have. Participants will be asked to outline the basic details of their idea, describe which historical thinking concept(s) they are focusing on, and highlight the next steps they will take to move the idea forward.

Program Schedule

View the pdf program.

Fees and refund policy

 Fees: $175 + GST (Regular)  | $100 + GST (Student)

Please note that should the course be cancelled, a full refund will be issued. To withdraw from the 2019 Winter Institute please submit written notice by January 15 to be eligible for a full refund (less a $20 administration fee). No refund will be provided for cancellations received after this date.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where does the 2019 HTWI take place?
The 2019 HTWI will be held in the Newcombe Conference Hall at the Royal British Columbia Museum, 675 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 9W2

What audience(s) is the HTSI targeted towards?
Anyone interested in history education, including museum educators, graduate students, K-12 teachers, academic historians, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and history educators. Participants are introduced to the historical thinking theoretical approach, and are expected to apply this approach to their specific context.

Are HTSI participants required to be directly involved in teaching, writing and/or preservation of history?
No. All participants interested in learning more about historical thinking are welcome.

Is the HTSI suitable for non-Canadians to attend?
Yes. Although the 2019 HTWI is being hosted by the Royal British Columbia Museum, the focus is on deepening participants’ understanding of historical thinking. The majority of the examples used to illustrate the historical thinking concepts will focus on the history of what is now British Columbia and Canada. International participants will be encouraged to apply historical thinking to their specific historical contexts and foci.

Do we have to find our own accommodations while attending the 2017 HTSI?
Yes, participants are responsible for finding their own accommodations in Victoria.

Does the registration fee include accommodation and other expenses like food?
No. Registration only includes fees for the HTWI.

Are there places to get food at or near the Royal British Columbia Museum?
The Royal British Columbia Museum has several options for purchasing food including an onsite coffee shop, Sequoia Café with sandwiches and salads and five food trucks immediately behind the museum. Check out their menus here. There are also a variety of restaurants and cafes near the RBCM.

What is the start and end time each day?
We start each day at 8:30 am and end by 4:30 pm.

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