Fall 2019 - EDUC 807 G011

Inquiry into Practice (5)

Class Number: 9399

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sa 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
    Location: TBA

    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    Acceptance into the MEd in Educational Practice program.



Supports learners in engaging in ethical inquiry practices within their specific professional contexts.


This course supports learners in engaging in ethical inquiry practices within their specific professional contexts. It builds on the philosophical and methodological foundations in Education 718, extending and deepening understanding of what it means to integrate a wide variety of lens into inquiry, relationships to the world, our professional life and ourselves. This class supports a variety of ways of writing and expression as a way of deepening inquiry and lens of research methodologies. Emphasis will be on opening up performative approaches to writing which connect the personal and universal, individual and collective and poetic and political. As human beings we live storied lives and are found in each other stories, and therefore will continue to mine our own narratives and how they shape our learning.  Time will be cultivated to access the connections from the autobiographical to philosophizing through the whole person.  In other words, the importance of how multiple identities and ways of knowing and being relate to how one researches is of utmost importance. Opportunity will be given to develop ways of research to include a variety of arts-based methodologies, holistic and embodied approaches and place-based ways to expand the relationship to writing, inquiry, research and practice. This class will find ways to broaden and deepen your own inquiry for past semesters so there can be ongoing questions, discoveries and connection to your teaching lives.  It is designed to give you form and flexibility to integrate in the inquiry that has already been emerging in Education 718. 

Since this class incorporates arts-based and place-based methodologies there will be times where we will take advantage of local galleries, parks, etc. Please note that certain classes (or portions of classes) may be held off campus, and may involve travelling to a different location. The level of risk associated with these activities will be similar to those encountered in our everyday lives. Locations, expectations, start and end times for such outings will be discussed in advance, as well as any necessary precautions or preparations. Group members will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to off campus activities. I welcome conversations regarding any questions, or concerns in this regard.


  • 1. Narrative - This is a piece of your writing up to 3 pages, which will be edited, read out loud for rhythm, and is an example of writing which comes out of the place-based experiences. 20%
  • 2. Presentation of chapter in Honouring Presence book. This is a presentation with a small group that will open up one of the chapters in this book to the class. You are invited to make this chapter tangible and incorporate an arts-based approach in your facilitation. 30%
  • 3. Major project/paper inquiry – This major project/paper will support your overall inquiry in the Masters program, and can be quite flexible. I will be available to guide you in how you can incorporate a variety of methodological lens to deepen the questions that are emerging in your research. A variety of ways of expression can be integrated into this work including essay, poetry, narrative, performance, or visual art. However it can also be a straight essay, but the hope is to find your writing voice be a place of joy and freedom and access language that cooperates with your own nature and is sound academically. DUE: November 15/16 50%



Arts-based and contemplative practices in research and teaching: Honouring presence.   (2015). S. Walsh, B. Bickel, & C. Leggo (Eds.). NY: Routledge
ISBN: ISBN 978-0-4157-4387

Embodied inquiry. (2016). C. Snowber. The Netherlands: Rotterdam, The Netherlands:    Sense Publishing.
ISBN: 978-94-6300-753-5

Ways of being in teaching. (2017) S. Wiebe, J. Guiney Yallop, K. Dark, P. Wright, & E.Lyle (Eds). Rotterdam: Sense.
ISBN: ISBN 978-94-6351-090

All available by e book from SFU Library or can be purchased  

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html