Fall 2019 - EDUC 866 G031

Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (5)

Class Number: 8902

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Instructor:

    Amy Parent
    Office: Room 8559 Faculty of Education, Bby



This course introduces students to qualitative research in education and examines topics such as identifying problems, using conceptual frameworks, coding, data analysis, drawing interpretations, and constructing arguments.


Meeting Days/Times:
Fridays 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Meeting Dates:  
Sep 13 to Dec 6

Eslha7an Learning Centre, 345 5th Street West, North Vancouver, Activity Room.


This course will start students on their pathways to engaging in educational research that is relevant to their own professional and community needs and contexts. Indigenous Methodologies (with an emphasis on Skwxwú7mesh epistemologies) will be presented alongside other research methods to support students in launching their own research as well as critically engaging in existing research literature. To these ends, the course will be wholistically designed to help our cohort succeed in their transition from undergraduate to graduate level writing and research skills by including ways to navigate the structure and form of the program through readings, library research, writing workshop skill development and identifying research questions that have emerged from professional experience.  

A Community of Practice Model will be used to build a Collaborative Learning Community based on the existing work, skills and knowledge of the members of the cohort; and the incorporation of local Skwxwú7mesh knowledge holders and cultural carriers that can connect us to Skwxwú7mesh traditions and knowledge making practices grounded in local traditions and strategies. Collaborative practices will be encouraged throughout the program, including group research, writing, and presentations. Where possible this course will also include:

  • Strategies for thriving in graduate studies (guest visits from former Squamish Graduate students, introduction to Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement Program and readings that detail the academic journey of Indigenous scholars (i.e. exploring the methodology sections of some Indigenous graduate thesis to read about stories of success and learning)
  • Library workshops (research skills)
  • Graduate Student Learning Commons (weekly academic writing skill builders i.e.: "How to write an academic paper, "How to do a literature review", APA 6th Edition etc. “How to write an annotated bibliography”.)


  • Transformative Research Journal 40%
  • Group Oral Presentation of Inquiry into a Skwxwú7mesh / Indigenous Methodology 20%
  • Research Proposal Developed in Terms of Methodology 40%


EDUC 866 is evaluated upon SFU’s Standard Graduate Grade System
https://www.sfu.ca/students/calendar/2019/spring/fees-and-regulations/grading- policy/grad-grading-policy.html



Laptops are required for each class. We may also be participating in land based pedagogical activities with Skwxwú7mesh knowledge holders. It will be important to be dressed appropriately for outside weather conditions.


Chilisa, Bagele. (2012). Indigenous Research Methodologies. University of Botswana, SAGE Publications. 
ISBN: 1412958822

Wilson, S. (2009). Research is Ceremony. Halifax, Fernwood Publishing.
ISBN: 1552662810

Kovach, M. (2009). Indigenous methodologies: Characteristics, conversations and contexts. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. *Please note that this book is available on-line for free from SFU library*
ISBN: 1442612112


Trent Jacobs, D. (2008). The Authentic Dissertation: Alternative Ways of Knowing, Doing and Representing Research.
ISBN: 0415442230

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