Project 2: Atlantic Canada In The Global Community

Logo General Information
Project Overview
Curriculum Connections
Learning Outcomes
Resource Connections

  General Information

Lead Teacher:Ross Tilley
(rotilley@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca.)
School:Donald C. Jamieson Academy
P.O. Box 160
Burin Bay Arm, NF
A0E 1G0
Grade Level:Grade 9
Number of Students:109. At Jamieson Academy we have four grade nine classes. All of these students, this school year, will be involved in this project. As well, in future years, all grade nine students will be involved. This pilot course will be adopted by the Department of Education as the official course for grade nine social studies, beginning September 1997.
Project Start and Finish Dates:December 1996 - June 1997

  Project Overview

"Atlantic Canada in the Global Community" is a pilot course offered to 109 students in grade nine at Jamieson Academy. This course will enable students to examine and reflect upon the major issues which affect them as individuals, Atlantic Canadians and global citizens. Students will explore and appreciate the unique physical features of this region, the diverse cultural, ethnic and historical backgrounds which exist in Atlantic Canada, the economic issues and challenges they face in the context of global trends, the role of technology in the past and future for Atlantic Canada and the importance of world view on effective global citizenship.

  Curriculum Connections

One hundred and nine grade nine students have been selected by the Social Studies Department of the Department of Education in the piloting of the social studies course "Atlantic Canada In The Global Community." Since nine other schools throughout the three other Atlantic Provinces are piloting this same course, we would like to be able to use the electronic media to connect with other students both in and outside of this province who are involved in this social studies project.

The prescribed course of study seeks to introduce issues from the adolescent student's perspective and then expand each issue in order to place it in the Atlantic Canadian and the Global context. Through this approach, students will become aware of their personal connections to each of the issues examined. This is achieved through incorporating various disiciplines, especially geography, history, political science, sociology, anthropology, folklore, economics, and technology into five key terms:

 Physical Setting
 Culture
 Economics
 Technology
 Interdependence

The themes and their Specific Curriculum Outcomes and Performance Expectations are set out in the Curriculum Guide.

Current events are intended to be an integral component of this course.

Atlantic Canada in the Global Community is designed to faciliate resource-based learning and teaching. Teachers and students are encouraged to search for current case studies, news items, resources, communicate with other students and gather statistics from print and non-print sources. Cooperative group strategies are a major performance expectation.

The use of technology is encouraged throughout this program. The theme on technology is intended as a study of the importance and impacts of technology; the whole program is intended as one in which students can UTILIZE TECHNOLOGY.

  Learning Outcomes

The students will:

     demonstrate an understanding that interdependence through the movement of goods,
       services, information, and people affects the well being of the local, provinical,
       national and global community.

     demonstrate an understanding that global interdependence and technological change
       affect sustainable and cultural understanding.

     develop a concept of technology and examine its regional and global applications.

     differentiate between the terms "technology" and "hi-tech."

     recognize how technology is used on a daily basis by students and by Atlantic
       Canadians of all ages.

     through personal experience and discussion, appreciate how technology has changed
       the student's life in the past five years.

     understand the term "information highway/Internet" and how it can affect us.

     demonstrate how to access and use information gathered from the Internet.

     recognize that technology has improved our life style and standard of living.

     recognize that technology has contributed to some of society's problems.

      Resource Connections

    This Stellar Schools Internet Connection is vital to the piloting of this course this year and for future years. It will enable our students to access communication with social studies students throughout the Atlantic Provinces and we look toward twinning our social studies students with grade nine students throughout the Atlantic Provinces.

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