Catherine Broom

Associate Professor

Office: EME3167
Phone: 250.807.8768

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Social Studies Methods; History Education; History of Education and Curriculum; Ecological Education; Culture and Education; Alternative and Holistic Educational Practices.



Citizenship as humanity, grounded in care…

Humanity is an activity of the heart, which requires emotional engagement in the lives of other people.  It is comprised of living an ethical and empathetic existence in which one sees “oneself as another” (Ricoeur, 1990).  Logic and reason are necessary, but they must be linked to an emotion of care for others (Noddings, 2003): logic divorced from care can bring horrifying consequences, such as the Holocaust.  Emotions give “spirit” to logic.  Care views all people as part of a common humanity.  Care connects us together into local and global communities.

Community is understood in the Deweyian (1916) sense of being connected to others through shared concerns that give rise to both rights and responsibilities.  These shared concerns include the fostering of nurturing environments through the provision of social goods, such as healthcare and security, and the support of initiatives and procedures that foster equity.  The community is “thin” (Olssen, 2006) in that it allows for difference and diversity within and can coexist with multiple, overlapping communities. Catherine Broom, 2010



Selected Publications & Presentations

Journal Articles

Broom, C.  (2020, Dec).  Myrtle Shannon v. Herbert King: Power, Privilege & Silence.  History of Education and Children’s Literature, XV (2): 485-499.

Broom, C.  (2020, May).  Procedural democracy: Perceptions of the latest curriculum revision in BC, Canada. Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, 19 (1): 51-68.

Broom, C.  (2019). Rethinking Belonging in Western Nations: Theorizing the Public Commons as a Shared Pluralistic Community.  Journal of International Social Studies, 9(2): 75-93.

Broom, C.  (2017).  Response to seeking Democracy inside and outside of education. Democracy and Education, 25(2): 1-5.

Lee, Jonathan and Broom, Catherine.  (2017).  Motivating civic engagement. Citizenship Education Research Journal 6(1): 39-51.  (My contribution: 30%).

Holder, M.D., Passmore, H-A., Broom, C., Berg, S., Li, E., Hickey, R., Martin, C. (2017). Walls of Well-Being (WOWs):  A Pilot Study of a New Methodology to Explore Children’s and Adolescents’ Perceived Sources of Happiness. International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology (June).

Broom, Catherine. “Exploring the Relations between Childhood Experiences in Nature and Young Adults’ Environmental Attitudes and Behaviours.” Australian Journal of Environmental Education (2017), 33(1): 1-14. Received the Australian Journal of Environmental Education Biennial Award in 2018).

Broom, Catherine. “Exploring Youth Civic Engagement and Disengagement in Canada.” Journal of International Social Studies (2016), 6(1): 4-22.

Broom, Catherine.  “Power, politics, philosophy and reform: A historical review of curriculum reform, academia, and government in British Columbia, 1920 to 2000.” Journal of Curriculum Studies. (August 2015).

Broom, Catherine. “Empowering Students: Pedagogy that Benefits Educators and Learners”. Citizenship Social and Economics Education. 14.2 (July 2015).

Broom, Catherine. “Social Studies in Three Provinces: A Comparative Exploration”. Canadian and International Education. (2015 June).

Broom, Catherine and Ronald Evans. “Social Studies within and across Borders”. Citizenship Education Research Journal. 4.1 (2015): 56 – 69.

Broom, Catherine. “Social Studies In and Through Diverse Lenses”. Oregon Journal of the Social Studies. 3.1 (February 2015): 2 – 12.

Broom, Catherine and Siobhan Murphy. “Social Studies from a Holistic Perspective in Canada and New Zealand: A Theoretical and Practical Discussion”. Online Journal of New Horizons in Education. 5.1 (2015).

Broom, Catherine. “Social Justice 12: Negotiating Issues in and for a Democratic Society.” Social Studies Research and Practice. 8.2 (2013): 68 – 82.

Broom, Catherine. “The Challenges and Benefits of Collaborative-based Learning Practice for Citizenship Education”. Citizenship Education Research Network’s Peer Reviewed Collection. 3.1 (2013): 26 – 45.

Broom, Catherine. “Assessing the Assessors: Standardized Exams in BC Social Studies”. Canadian Social Studies. 45.2 (2012).

Broom, Catherine. “Citizenship, Nationalism, “Nation-building” Stories, and the  “Good Citizen”: Associating Citizenship Education and Public Schooling”. Citizenship Education Research Network’s Peer Reviewed Collection. 2 (2012): 7 – 17.

Broom, Catherine. “Understanding Social Studies: Student and Teacher Voices in Relation to Theoretical Orientations”. Journal of International Social Studies. 2.2 (2012): 6 – 24.


Broom, C.  (Ed.) (2016).  Youth Civic Engagement in a Globalized World: Citizenship Education in Comparative Perspective. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

Broom, C. & Bai, H. (2021, March).   Exploring Deweyian experiential learning pedagogy as citizenship development. In Eva Aboagye and S. Nombuso Dlamini, Global Citizenship Education: Challenges and Successes.  Toronto, University of Toronto. Pp 156-189.

Broom, C. (2020, Jan).  Citizenship and Social Studies Curricula in British Columbia, Canada: Contemporary Realities and Alternative Possibilities.  In Delgado-Algarra, E. J., & Cuenca-López, J. M. (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Citizenship and Heritage Education (pp. 56-79). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-1978-3

Broom, Catherine. (2017). Youth Civic Engagement in Context. 10.1057/978-1-137-56533-4_1.

Broom, Catherine & Mascio, Anthony & Fleming, Douglas. (2017). Citizenship Education in Canada, Past and Present. 10.1057/978-1-137-56533-4_2.


Broom, C.  (April, 2018.) Theorizing Critical Thinking and Identifying its Development in Practice. Full Paper presented at the Global Conference on Education and Research, Nevada, USA. (double blind peer review)

Broom, Catherine. (2017, April). “Youth Civic Engagement in Nations with Diverse Democratic Traditions.”  AERA Conference, San Antonio Texas, United States.

Broom, Catherine and Johanek, Michael. “Exploring Youth Civic Engagement and Disengagement in a Globalized World.” AERA. United States. Apr, 2014.

Broom, Catherine and Evans, Ronald. “The Interplay of Curriculum and Context:  Conceptions of Social Studies across Time and Place”. AERA. United States. Apr, 2012.

Broom, Catherine, Wendy Klassen and Carolyn Labun. “Exploding Stereotypes: Care and  Collaboration in the STEM Sciences”. American Society for Engineering Education. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Jun, 2011.

“The Erosion of the Public Good: The Implications of Neoliberalism for Education for Democracy”. International Association for Citizenship Social and Economics Education. United Kingdom. Jun, 2011.

Despres, Blane, Catherine Broom, Karen Ragoonadan and Sabre Cherkowski. “The Myth of School Failure: A Historical Analysis of Present Demands for School Reform. Paper presented as part of a panel “. AERA. United States. Apr, 2011.

Broom, Catherine. “Social Studies Across a Vast Nation: The Interplay of Ideas (as Ecological Elements) and Place “. AERA. United States. Apr, 2010.

Conference Presentations

Broom, C.  Citizenship Education Curricula in BC: Continuity in Change. CSSE, Vancouver. June  2019.

Broom, C.  Addressing the Challenges and Issues that Arise with Experiential Learning.  Paper presented at the 15th Annual UBC Okanagan Learning Conference.  May 2019.

Broom, C. Good Citizenship is more than attention to mind. CSSE, Regina, May 2018.

Broom, C. Relating Conceptions of Governance to Curriculum Reform. CSSE, Regina, May 2018.

Larlee, Skye and Broom, Catherine.  “Repatriating Home–a Discussion on Third Culture Kids and Education”.  Cultural Studies & Education Conference.  UBC, Vancouver, Canada.  May, 2017.

Broom, Catherine.  “Pendulum Swings in Teaching Practice.” UBC Okanagan Learning Conference. UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, Canada.  May, 2017.

Broom, Catherine. “Canadian Youth’s Civic attitudes and Behaviours.” CSSE. Calgary, May 2016.

Broom, Catherine. “From Challenging Times Comes Opportunity: The 1930s and Teachers’ First Steps in Gaining Increased Job Security.” CSSE. Calgary, May 2016.

Broom, Catherine. “The Meaning of “Community” in relation to Social Studies Education”. International Social Studies Conference. Orlando Florida, United States, Feb 2015.

Richardson, Pamela, Catherine Broom, Leyton Schnellert and Sabre Cherkowski. “Exploring an Immersive, Integrative, Collaborative, Inquiry-Oriented Approach to Teacher Education.” CSSE. Ottawa, Jun, 2015.

Broom, Catherine. “The Rise of Bureaucratic Schools: A Case Study Exploration of Policy Documents”. CSSE. Ottawa, Canada. Jun, 2015.

Broom, Catherine. “Valuing Democracy: Exploring Youth Attitudes to Government in Canada “. CSSE. Ottawa, Canada. Jun, 2015.

Broom, Catherine. “The Meaning of “Community” in relation to Social Studies Education”. International Social Studies Conference. Orlando Florida, United States. Feb, 2015.

Broom, Catherine. “Empowerment is Vital to Enhanced Learning”. UBC Okanagan Learning Conference. UBC Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada. May, 2013.

Broom, Catherine. “Justice Served? Schools, Teachers and Human Rights Cases in 1930s British Columbia.” CSSE. Victoria, Canada. Jun, 2013.

Broom, Catherine. “The Challenges and Benefits of Collaborative-based Learning  Practice for Citizenship Education”. CSSE. Victoria, Canada. Jun, 2013.


Broom, Catherine.  Invited speaker and discussant at the Civic Engagement Research Conference.  Utah.  BYU.  October 2017.

Broom, Catherine.  Invited blog on fostering youth environmental awareness for the Nature Conservancy of Canada.  June 27th, 2017.

Broom, Catherine. Invited paper: “The Rise of Bureaucratic Schools and Teacher Regulation: Loss of Control in the Interests of Efficiency.” Education Matters, (2016), 4(1): 6-15.

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Citizenship Education Research Journal (CERJ)

The idea for this journal arose from the desire to provide presenters of outstanding CERN papers at CSSE with the opportunity to revise and elaborate on the work they presented at the conference.  Citizenship Education scholars in Canada and overseas are welcome to submit their papers to the journal through the journal’s online site. Each paper is blind reviewed by two peers. Those interested in serving as reviewers are also invited to email the editor, or to register online.


  • Citizenship Education Research Network (CERN) board member
  • International Association for Citizenship Social and Economics Education (IACSEE, UK) Executive Board Member
  • Citizenship Education ResearchJournal Editor
  • Reviewer of submissions to the CERN association for the Canadian Society for the Study of Education Conference (CSSE)
  • Conference session chair at conferences including CSSE
  • Committee member of School District 23’s Human Rights Committee
  • Organized a Human Rights Forum with School District 23 social studies teachers and the UBC Equity office.  Participated in: planning meetings, judging student submissions to the award competition, attending the day, and holding two workshops for high school students on human rights for the forum.
  • Reviewer of grants, books and journals including the Journal of International Social Studies, Social Studies Research and Practice, Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, and The International Journal of Whole Schooling


  • Member of the Grad Programs Committee (Education)
  • Member of the Merit and Study Leave Committee (Education)
  • Block 3 Leader
  • Member of the Undergraduate Programs Committee (Education)


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