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Parts of Alberta’s Interim Curriculum Plagiarized, Academic Finds

Parts of Alberta’s proposed curriculum for kindergarten and elementary school students have been copied from other sources without credit, plagiarism expert said as opposition NPD pledged to dismantle him if he is elected next year.

Sarah Elaine Eaton, a professor at the Worklund School of Education at the University of Calgary, said her inbox was flooded after the program was posted last week by teachers who feared much of it might be plagiarized.

“They were asking me to step in as someone who researches this topic and deals with cases of plagiarism as part of my service role as a professor,” Eaton said in an interview Tuesday.

She said there were numerous examples on social media of material being lifted without credit, but focused on parts of the document that weren’t as reviewed online. The scholar then wrote an analysis of his findings on his blog.

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“One thing we can say for sure is that due to the amount that I have found by myself and others, it was no accident,” Eaton said.

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She said she discovered that one segment was “cut and paste plagiarism” from a 1976 academic article.

“And in that case, they could steal copyrighted material,” Eaton added.

She said the grade 2 physical education curriculum matched a Vancouver-area recreation center website. The program reads as follows:

Adventurous play can

-promote autonomy and problem solving

-provide direct cause and effect experience

-develop coordination and bodily control of children

-increase self-confidence and emotional resilience

-reduce stress

-satisfying curiosity and the need for challenge

The adventure games section of the North Vancouver Recreation Center website says it:

– Promotes autonomy and problem solving

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-Provides direct cause and effect experience (natural consequences)

-Develops coordination and body control

-Increases self-confidence and emotional resilience

-Promotes self-regulation

-Reduces stress and fears

– Satisfies the natural need for challenge and thrills

Eaton also found that the grade 6 social studies program led to Wikipedia.

The program reads: “The religious affiliation of most Albertans is Christian and the largest denominations are the Roman Catholic, United, Anglican, Lutheran and Baptist churches. “

The Wikipedia page on Alberta demographics reads: “Over 60 percent of Albertans identify as Christians, while almost 32 percent of residents identify without religion. The largest denominations are the Roman Catholic, United, Anglican, Lutheran, and Baptist churches.

Eaton noted that the Grades 4 and 5 program teaches the ethical use of information.

“So when the government has parts of its program that are plagiarized, it does not lead by example and this also shows that the ethical use of information is not something it values”, a- she declared.

Nicole Sparrow, press secretary to Education Minister Adriana LaGrange, said the minister was surprised to hear the allegations surface over the weekend.

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“Hundreds of people, including teachers and subject matter experts, have participated in the new K-6 curriculum project through a transparent review process,” Sparrow said in an email Tuesday. .

“In Alberta, it is not common for curriculum documents to list citations as this would be done during the resource development phase. “

Allegations of plagiarism are the latest problem highlighted in the program by experts.

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The changes in social studies have been criticized as being way over children’s heads, with grade 2 students learning of the fall of Rome and the reign of Charlemagne. He has also been criticized for obscuring the prehistory of the First Nations and diminishing the role of Indigenous peoples in the history of North America.

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The opposition NDP has said that if it wins the provincial election, currently slated for spring 2023, it would reverse the changes to the program. The new drafts of the Kindergarten to Grade 4 curriculum would then be in classrooms by fall 2024.

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NDP says Alberta’s new curriculum will be rejected if elected in 2023

NDP says Alberta’s new curriculum will be rejected if elected in 2023 – April 6, 2021

Drafts for subsequent classes would follow in subsequent years and all Albertans would have an opportunity to contribute, the party said in a press release.

“This program was developed in secret and edited by hand-picked political advisers,” said NDP Leader Rachel Notley.

“It’s not about Jason Kenney and his ideology, it’s about Alberta education and the learning and skills that we pass on to our future leaders. “

WATCH BELOW: Some videos from Global News on Alberta’s curriculum for Kindergarten and elementary school students.

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