David Scott

Assistant Professor


University of Calgary (Werklund School of Education)

MEd (Department of Secondary Education)

University of Alberta

Post Degree Teacher Certification Program

Simon Fraser University


University of Victoria

Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate

Alberta and British Columbia

Contact information


Office: 403.220.8808

Web presence



Main Campus: EDT742

Research and Scholarly Activity

Research areas

  • Aboriginal/Non-Aboriginal Relations in Canada
  • Social studies education
  • Curriculum theory and design
  • Diversity
  • Case study research
  • Inquiry in education
  • History education


David’s research explores how educators interpret and pedagogically respond to officially mandated curriculum shifts. As part of this work, David has explored the ways social studies teachers in Alberta have understood and enacted the curricular directive to engage First Nations, Métis, and Inuit perspectives and experiences. As Director of Student Experiences for the Community-Based pathway, David has additionally worked within the area of instructional design to support rural and remote students in this program. 

Research Partnership Grant, Alberta Education, Research Branch ($50,000) David Scott (PI), Dustin Louie (Co-PI) (July 2017)

Partnership Grant: Phase 2, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Award #895-2016-0055) ($20,000) Carla Peck and Lindsay Gibson (PI's), David Scott (one of 20 Co-applicants) (June 2016/June 2018)                                                                                        

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant, University of Calgary ($20,000) David Scott (PI), Tricia Danyluk, Amy Burns (June 2016)    

International Research Seed Grant, Werklund School of Education ($10,000) David Scott (PI), Roswita Dressler, and Colleen Kawalilak (March 2016)     

Canada-Alberta Agreement on Minority-Language Education and Second-Official Language Instruction Grant ($3,000) David Scott (PI), Raphaël Gani (April 2016-June 2018)

Research Collaboration GrantWerklund School of Education ($5,000) Man-Wai Chu (PI), David Scott, and Sharon Friesen (February 2016)  

Professional & Community Affiliations


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 gained 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 a 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. In 2012 David was awared the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship totalling $105,000. He went on to complete his doctoral dissertation in the Spring of 2016.


Inquiry in Education

  • Scott, D., Smith, C., Chu, M., & Friesen, S. (2018). Examining the efficacy of inquiry-based approaches to education. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 64(1), 35-54. Retrieved from https://ajer.journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/ajer/article/view/2006
  • Scott, D. (2018). Why your child will benefit from inquiry-based learning. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/why-your-child-will-benefit-from-inquiry-based-learning-97245
  • Friesen, S., & Scott, D. (2014). Inquiry-based education: A review of the literature. Edmonton, AB: Government of Alberta. Retrieved from http://galileo.org/focus-on-inquiry-lit- review.pdf
  • Scott, D. (2013). A place for a more critical form of historical inquiry in social studies classrooms. Antistasis3(1), 15–18. Retrieved from https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/antistasis/article/view/20150

Indigenous Education

  • Louie, D. W., & Scott, D. (2016). Examining differing notions of a “real” education within Aboriginal communities. Critical Education7(3). Retrieved from http://ojs.library.ubc.ca/index.php/criticaled/article/view/186095
  • Scott, D. (2013). Teaching Aboriginal perspectives: An investigation into teacher practice amidst curriculum change. Canadian Social Studies, 46(1), 31–43. Retrieved from https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1016094.pdf
  • Scott, D. & Gani, R. (2018). Examining social studies teachers’ resistances towards teaching Aboriginal perspectives: the case study of Alberta. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education13(1), 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1080/15595692.2018.1497969
  • Shergill, S. & Scott, D. (in press). Teaching for reconciliation through the lens of ethical relationality: All my relations inquiryIn S. Steinberg (Eds.), SAGE Handbook of Critical Pedagogies (pp. xx-xx). Thousand Oaks, CA. Sage Publications.

Francophone Education

  • Gani, R., & Scott, D. (2017). Social studies teachers’ resistance to teaching Francophone perspectives in Alberta. International Journal of Historical Learning, Teaching and Research15(1), 34-48. Retrieved from https://www.history.org.uk/publications/categories/304/resource/9280/the-international-journal-volume-15-number-1

Citizenship Education

  • 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. & Gereluk, D. (2016). Educational accommodations for national minority groupsIn L. Bosetti & D. Gereluk (Eds.), Understanding school choice in Canada (pp. 32-49). Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.
  • 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.
  • Scott, D., de Paiva, W., & Gereluk, D. (2018). O multiculturalismo liberal de Kymlicka no contexto canadense e brasileiro. Educação & Realidade, 42(5), 1-15. Retrieved from http://seer.ufrgs.br/index.php/educacaoerealidade/article/view/74993

Journal Articles - Peer Reviewed


  • Werklund Teaching Excellence Award ($2,000) June 2018
  •  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship–Doctoral Award ($105,000) November 2012
  • Michael Smith Foreign Study Grant to study for three months at the Universidade Federal de São Carlos in Brazil ($6,000) May 2014
  • Graduate Student Scholarship, University of Alberta ($3,000) April 2009
  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship, University of Alberta ($10,800) June 2008
  • Alberta Award for the Study of Canadian Human Rights & Multiculturalism ($10,000) June 2008