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The Founders’ Prizes of the Canadian History of Education Association (CHEA/ACHÉ) acknowledge the excellence of contributions to Canadian educational history.


CHEA/ACHÉ Prizes Include:

• an English-language book/anthology

• a French-language book/anthology

• an English-language article/original chapter

• a French-language article/original chapter

• The Cathy James Memorial Dissertation Prize

cathy_james_photoDr. Cathy James was a historian of Canadian education and a Liberal Arts professor at Seneca College.  An active member of CHEA, she was a committed scholar, mentor to many young historians of education, and passionate believer in social justice, all qualities that informed her scholarship on the settlement movement in Toronto and the professionalization of social work. Her chapter, “Professional Enactments: Practical Training and the Education of Social Workers in Toronto, 1914-1929,” in Learning to Practise: Professional Education in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, won the CHEA/ACHÉ Founders’ Prize for the best English-language article/chapter on the history of education, 2004-2006. Dr. James died from cancer in 2007. In 2008 CHEA/ACHÉ established the Cathy Leigh James Memorial Dissertation Prize in her memory.


• The Distinguished Contribution Award, presented to individuals who have made a distinguished contribution to scholarship in the history of education over their careers and/or to the work of CHEA/ACHÉ


The winners receive a certificate of achievement and their names are published in Historical Studies in Education/Revue d’histoire de l’éducation. The prizes are awarded at CHEA/ACHÉ’s biennial conferences.


To learn how to submit a work for an award, please click HERE.
To see a list of past award recipients, please click HERE.