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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning



Ruth Sandwell
Professor

phone: (416) 978-1216
email: ruth.sandwell@utoronto.ca  

Departments:
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Secondary Education


Research Overview

Dr. Sandwell's teaching and research interests are in Canadian history (of education, rural society and the social history of energy) and the teaching of history, and broadly reflect the importance of studies in the humanities in general, and history in particular, to theories and practices of education. She is the founding co-director and executive board member of The History Education Network/Histoire et Éducation en Réseau (www.thenhier.ca) and founding co-director and educational director of The Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History project (www.canadianmysteries.ca)

More specifically, her interests focus on:
•teaching history using primary documents
•developing discipline-based historical thinking in students and student teachers
•understanding changes in the meaning and purposes of history education in Canadian history
•understanding the relationship between family, the educational state, and the Canadian economy in nineteenth and twentieth century Canada
•exploring the history of rural Canada in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
•and most recently, the social history of fossil fuels: exploring the massive public education campaign and changes in household behaviour that accompanied Canadians’ change from self-supporting energy systems in their homes (mainly wood) to the collectivities and mass consumption of energy from the grid.


Curriculum Vitae

http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/Curriculum_Vitae/Ruth_Sandwell_CV.pdf

Academic History

Ph.D., History, Simon Fraser University, 1998. “Reading the Land: Rural Discourse and the Practice of Settlement, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, 1859-1891.” Supervisor: Dr. J. I. Little. Fields: Canadian and European Family and Rural History.

M.A., History, University of Victoria, 1981. “‘Making Health Contagious’: The Medical Inspection of Schools in British Columbia, 1910-1920.” Supervisor: Dr. Chad Gaffield.Fields: Canadian History of Education and the Family; English Social History.

B.A., English, First Class Honours, Carleton University, 1979.


Teaching Overview

Dr. Sandwell teaches one or more courses in the history department and U of T and has taught the following courses at OISE:

CTL1799 Special Topics: Bringing together theory and practice in the history curriculum: exploring historical thinking
CTL1799
CTL 1799: Special Topics: Education and Social Reform in Rural Canada, 1860-1960
CTL1454: Battles over History Education
TPS1461 Selected Topics in the History of Education: History Wars
TPS1454 Battles over History Education (2009 permanent course replacing TPS 1461 Special Topics)
TPS1426, History of the Family in Canada
TPS1404, History of Rural Education in Canada

Representative Publications

JOURNAL ARTICLES

R.W. Sandwell (2015), “Pedagogies of the Unimpressed: Re-Educating Ontario Women for the Mineral Economy, 1900-1940” Ontario History, Volume CVII, No. 1 / Spring. 36-59.

BOOKS

R. W. Sandwell, ed. (2016) Powering Up Canada: Essays on the History of Heat, Light and Work from 1600 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill Queen’s University Press, forthcoming)

R. W. Sandwell (2016), Canada’s Rural Majority, 1870-1940: Household, Environment, Economies (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, in press), part of Themes in Canadian History, Series Editor, Colin Coates

Ruth Sandwell and Amy von Heyking, eds. (2014), Becoming a History Teacher: Sustaining Practices in Historical Thinking and Knowing, Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 345  pages

Ruth W. Sandwell, ed. To The Past:  History Education, Public Memory and Citizenship Education in Canada, (Toronto, University of Toronto Press: October: 2006), 131 pp.

R.W. Sandwell, Contesting Rural Space: Land Policy and the Practices of  Settlement, Saltspring Island, British Columbia,  1859-91,  Kingston and Montreal, McGill-Queen’s University Press, June 2005, 318 pp

R. W. Sandwell, ed. ,  Beyond the City Limits: Rural History in British Columbia, (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1999).

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

R. W. Sandwell (forthcoming 2016) “Introduction: Towards a History of Energy in Canada,” in R. W. Sandwell, ed. Powering Up Canada: Essays on the History of Heat, Light and Work from 1600 (forthcoming Montreal and Kingston: McGill Queen’s University Press)

R.W. Sandwell (2016 in press),  “Rural Households, Subsistence and Environment on the Canadian Shield 1901-1941,” for James Murton and Dean Bavington, Carly Dokis, eds.,  Bringing Subsistence Out of the Shadows: Essays on Markets and Self Provisioning; (McGill Queen’s University Press, in press), 121-153.

Ruth Sandwell, with Penney Clark and Stéphane Lévesque (2015), “Dialogue Across Chasms: History and History Education in Canada,” Elisabeth Erdmann and Wolfgang Hasberg,eds.,  History Teacher Education: Global Interrelations, Wochenschau, Geschichte, 163-182.

Ruth Sandwell, (2014) “On Historians and their Audiences: An Argument for Teaching(and not just writing) History” in Ruth Sandwell and Amy von Heyking, eds.  Becoming a History Teacher: Sustaining Practices in Historical Thinking and Knowing, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 77-90.

R.W. Sandwell (2014),  “Mapping Fuel Use in Canada: Exploring the Social History of Canadians’ Great Fuel Transformation” in Jennifer Bonnell and Marcel Fortin, Historical GIS Research in Canada, Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 239-268.

Ruth Sandwell with John Lutz (2014), “What Has Mystery Got To Do With It?” in Kevin Kee, ed. Pastplay: Teaching and Learning History with Technology, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 23-42.

R.W. Sandwell (2013),  “Notes towards a History of Rural Canada, 1870-1940” in John R. Parkins, and Maureen G. Reed, eds. Social Transformation in Rural Canada: Community, Cultures, and Collective Action, Vancouver: UBC Press. 21-42.

"We were allowed to disagree, because we couldn't agree on anything': Seventeen Voices in the Canadian Debates Over History Education," in Tony Taylor and Robert Guyer, eds., History Wars and the Classroom: A Global Prospective, (Information Age, 2011)

Ruth Sandwell (2011), “History is a Verb: Teaching Historical Practice to Teacher Education Students” in Penney Clark, ed., New Possibilities for the Past: Shaping History Education in Canada, Vancouver: UBC Press. 224-242.

“Using Primary Documents in History and Social Studies” in Roland Case and Penney Clark, eds., The Anthology of Social Studies: Secondary Education (Vancouver: Pacific Educational Press, 2008), 293-305

“History as Experiment: Microhistory and Environmental History,” Alan McEachern and William Turkel, eds., Method and Meaning in Canadian Environmental History (Toronto: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2008) ), 122-36.

 

Research Grants and Contracts

• 2013-16 SSHRC Partnership Development Grant "Life and Death in the Arctic: The Franklin Mystery"http://canadianmysteries.ca:8080/demo/current/home/homeIntro_en.htm $200,000.
2013-14 SSHRC Connections Grant "Powering Up Canada: A Social History of Energy from 1600" ($15,000)
2009-13, Principle Investigator, Heat, Light and Work in Canadian Homes 1900-1950: The Social History of Fossil Fuels and Hydro-Electricity. $72,000.
• 2008-15, Co-investigator, The History Education Network )/ Histoire et Éducation en Réseau (THEN/HIER) SSHRC Strategic Research Cluster Grant for $300,00 per year for seven years ($2.1 million dollars total) to support research in history education in Canada; Penney Clark, UBC, principal investigator
• 2007-08, Co-investigator, Great Unsolved Mysteries of Canadian History, Phase 5; Canadian Content Online Program (CCOP) of the Canadian Heritage Ministry; $499,000. with partial matching grants from partners. Principal Investigator: John Lutz, University of Victoria
• 2006-07, Co-investigator, Great Unsolved Mysteries of Canadian History, Phase 4; Canadian Content Online Program (CCOP) of the Canadian Heritage Ministry; $465,000. with partial matching grants from partners. Principal Investigator: John Lutz, University of Victoria
• 2006, Principal Investigator, SSHRC Cluster Research Design Grant, $25,000 to design and implement a research cluster for multidisciplinary research into history education, and to create the organization The History Education Network)/ Histoire et Éducation en Réseau (THEN/HIER)


Honours and Awards

• 2008, Pierre Berton Prize for Canadian Public History for the educational website series The Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History www.canadianmysteries.ca co-directors John Lutz, Peter Gossage, Ruth Sandwell
• 2008, Chosen as the 2008 Canadian National Leader in History EducatCion by the Ontario History and Social Science Teachers’ Association (OHASSTA).
• 2008, MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) “History Classic” Award for the history education website project “Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History” www.canadianmysteries.ca (American based)
• 2008, Finalist for the 2008 Book Award of the [American] National Council on Public History for Ruth W. Sandwell, ed. To The Past: History Education, Public Memory and Citizenship Education in Canada (Toronto, University of Toronto Press: 2006) for the best work published about or growing out of public history. [“The committee believes your book makes an outstanding contribution in the subfield of public history and policy.”]
• 2007, Short-listed for the Pierre Berton award for Canadian Public History for the educational website series The Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History www.canadianmysteries.ca co-directors John Lutz, Peter Gossage, Ruth Sandwell
• 2003, MERLOT Award (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching for History for the website “Who Killed William Robinson? Race, Justice and Settling the Land.” http://web.uvic.ca/history-robinson/
• 2001, International World Wide Web Conference Committee’s NAWeb Award, 2001, for the website “Who Killed William Robinson? Race, Justice and Settling the Land.”
• 2000 Canadian Historical Association Clio Award for British Columbia , 2000, for R. W. Sandwell, ed., Beyond the City Limits: Rural History in British Columbia, Vancouver: UBC Press, 1999


Professional Activities

“Canada's First Oil Boom: Kerosene in Canada, 1859-1920' in panel “Carbon Geographies: Making and Moving Canada's Fossil Fuels,” International Conference of Historical Geographers: Historical Geographies of Waste, Pollution, and Toxicity, Royal Geographic Society, London, 5-10 July, 2015.
“The First Modern Lighting: A Short History of Manufactured Gas in Canada” in panel “Rethinking Canada as a Fossil Fuel Nation,” American Society for Environmental History, 18-21 March 2015, Washington DC.
“Historians as Educators: Crossing Professional Boundaries with the Franklin Expedition” for panel “In Search of Sir John Franklin: Canadian Mysteries and the Boundaries of Historical Inquiry,” Canadian Historical Association Meeting, St. Catharines, May 2014 (panel organizer)
“Before the Clearances: Rural Protest and the Decline of Rural Canada, 1930-1960,” Panel V-14 - RUR16: Rural Protest, European Social Science and History Conference, Vienna, 23-26 April 2014
“People, Place and Power: Rural Electrification in Canada, 1890-1960” for symposium Transforming the countryside? The electrification of rural England, 1890-1970, - Leeds Trinity University College, UK, 9 March 2013.
“Read, Listen, Discuss, Act: the Farm Radio Forum as an Experiment in Adult Education, Rural Activism and the Creation of a Modern Rural, 1940-1980,” European Social Science History Conference, Glasgow, April 11-14, 2012.