The purpose of this web site is to provide information, frameworks, and curricular resources to teachers to enhance curricular outcomes related to ethnic diversity. In addition, we hope this website will support teachers in their efforts to teach for and about diversity in schools.

This web site is part of a research project called Teachers’ and Students’ Understandings of Ethnic Diversity: Implications for Multicultural Education in Canada. Funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the purpose of the project was to examine how elementary teachers and students in four provinces (Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia) understand the concept of ethnic diversity. By understanding how teachers and students think about ethnic diversity, the researchers aimed in part to shed light on how teachers interpret and teach curricular outcomes related to ethnic diversity.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Carla L. Peck, University of Alberta

Research Team:

Dr. Leigh-Anne Ingram, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto

Dr. Lindsay Herriot

Dr. Reva Joshee, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto

Dr. Karen Pashby, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr. Alan Sears, University of New Brunswick

Dr. Laura Thompson

Dr. Manju Varma

Research Publications:

Peck, C. L., Thompson, L. A., Chareka, O., Joshee, R., & Sears, A. (2010). From getting along to democratic engagement: Moving toward deep diversity in citizenship education. Citizenship Teaching & Learning, 6(1), 61-75.

Peck, C.L. (2015). Elementary Social Studies instruction and student diversity. In J.J.W. Andrews and J. Lupart (Eds.), Diversity education: Understanding and addressing student diversity, 1st Edition (pp. 423-459). Toronto: Nelson Education.

Joshee, R., Peck, C.L., Thompson, L.A., Chareka, O., & Sears, A. (2016). Multicultural Education, diversity, and citizenship in Canada. In J. Lo Bianco, & A. Bal (Eds.), Learning from difference: Comparative accounts of multicultural education (pp. 35-50). Switzerland: Springer.


For more information about the project or this web site, contact Carla Peck at carla.peck [at] ualberta.ca