University of Calgary

David Scott

  • Director - Student Experience - Community-Based
  • Instructor
  • +1 (403) 220-8808

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Dr. Scott grew up in Williams Lake in the interior of British Columbia. Completing his Bachelor of Arts in history and political science at the University of Victoria in 1997, David was awarded his teacher certification at Simon Fraser University in 2001. After teaching English for a year in Japan and high school English and social studies for three years in his hometown, David completed his master’s of education at the University of Alberta in 2009. David then relocated to Calgary where he taught Humanities 8 and 9 at Connect Charter School for four years. Aided by a Bombardier SSHRC scholarship, David defended his dissertation in the Spring of 2016.

Research & Scholarly Activity

David’s research explores the ways social studies teachers in Alberta are interpreting and pedagogically responding to the curricular directive to engage social studies from Aboriginal perspectives. As Director of Student Experiences for the Community-Based B.Ed. Program, David is additionally collaborating with Writing Support Services to develop and evaluate a series of online interactive learning modules that address the academic writing needs of students within this new program.

Current Projects

  • Aboriginal Perspectives in the Social Studies Classroom: Overcoming Colonial Divides, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship


Doctor of Philosophy
University of Calgary (Werklund School of Education)

Master of Education
University of Alberta (Department of Secondary Education)

Post Degree Teacher Certification Program
Simon Fraser University

Bachelor of Arts
University of Victoria

Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate
Alberta and British Columbia

Professional & Community Affiliations

David is assistant editor for the peer-reviewed journal Canadian Social Studies and editor for the Alberta Teachers’ Association Social Studies Council Focus Newsletter. He is also an active member of the History Education Network/Histoire et Éducation en Réseau (THEN/HiER), and has been additionally involved in the Werklund School of Education’s Indigenous Education Task Force. Within the area of curriculum leadership and design, David co-wrote with Dr. Sharon Friesen a review of the research literature on inquiry-based for Alberta Education published on the Inspiring Education website. In addition, he recently self-published a digital resource on historical inquiry that includes videos, links to relevant sites, and examples of student work:


Louie, D. W., & Scott, D. (2016). Examining differing notions of a “real” education within Aboriginal communities. Critical Education, 7(3). Retrieved from

Gereluk, D., & Scott, D. (2014). Citizenship education and the construction of identity in Canada. In J. E. Petrovic & A. M. Kuntz (Eds.), Citizenship education around the world: Local contexts and global possibilities (pp. 128–149). New York, NY: Routledge University Press.

Scott, D. (2013). Teaching Aboriginal perspectives: An investigation into teacher practice amidst curriculum change. Canadian Social Studies, 46(1), 31–43. Retrieved from

Scott, D. (2013). A place for a more critical form of historical inquiry in social studies classrooms. Antistasis, 3(1), 15–18. Retrieved from

Scott, D., & Abbott, L. (2012). Trying to make the mission statements of social studies curriculum inhabit my social studies pedagogy and vice versa. One World in Dialogue Journal, 2(1), 8–18. Retrieved from

Friesen, S., & Scott, D. (2014). Inquiry-based education: A review of the literature. Edmonton, AB: Government of Alberta. Retrieved from

Media Work

PhD student finds connections across classrooms in Canada and Brazil, UToday (Univeristy of Calgary), July 8, 2015

Visiting Doctoral Program Report, The History Education Network/Histoire et Éducation en Réseau (THEN/HiER), May 2013

Grade 8 renaissance symposium, Connect Charter School Blog


  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship–Doctoral Award 2012-2015 ($105,000)
  • Michael Smith Foreign Study Grant to study for three months at the Universidade Federal de São Carlos in Brazil 2014 ($6,000)
  • Graduate Student Scholarship, University of Alberta 2009 ($3,000)
  • Alberta Award for the Study of Canadian Human Rights & Multiculturalism 2008 ($10,000)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship, University of Alberta 2008 ($10,800)


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