Fall 2020 - EDUC 100W D500

Selected Questions and Issues in Education (3)

Class Number: 8481

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM



An introduction to a small but representative sample of basic questions and issues in education. Students will examine questions relating to: the concept or idea of education; learning and the learner; teaching and the teacher; and more generally, the broader contexts of education. This course also introduces students to different ways of exploring educational questions and issues from philosophical and critical analysis, to historical and cross-cultural studies, to empirical research. Cannot be taken for credit by students with credit for 300 and 400 level education courses. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.


This course will be delivered remotely.  Students are expected to be online and available during scheduled class time.

Inquiry into questions and issues in education will use our own stories as learners as a starting point. Through the writing of our narratives, and discussions through Canvas and our virtual classroom, we will examine how philosophies, theories and other ideas have influenced how we individually and collectively relate to our educational institutions and practices. We will also be examining educational issues and questions in relation to our current lived experience: our social, cultural, political and current physical context in the midst of a global pandemic. We will end the by articulating hopes of what education may be.

This semester our inquiry through writing and discussion will be framed by the theme, metaphors in education.


A variety of educational ideas will be examined and students will be encouraged to reflect on the effect of these on themselves and their social environment. EDUC 100 is also a "W" course (writing intensive) and, as such, students will learn to identify, analyze, and utilize the typical ways of writing in the discipline.


  • Writing Assignments:
  • Two Narrative Essays 30%
  • Final Paper 30%
  • Interactive Components
  • Reflecting on a Cooperative Learning Activity 20%
  • Attendance and Participation 20%


Details on assignments will be posted on Canvas and discussed during our first meeting. Since this class has an experiential component, your presence during our virtual classes and regular participation at our online forum are of utmost importance.



Dewey, J. (1997). Experience and education. New York: Touchstone.
ISBN: 9780684838281


Other course readings are available at the SFU Library Reserve for EDUC 100.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).