Spring 2020 - EDUC 816 G031

Developing Educational Programs and Practices for Diverse Educational Settings (5)

Class Number: 7355

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA



Investigates theories and issues associated with developing educational programs and practices in various educational contexts. Addresses the development of new programs and their implementation in schools and other educational settings.


This course is restricted to students in the MEd Curriculum and Instruction: Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw cohort program.  

This course will use a referral system and the guidance of Community Elders to connect small groups of students with local knowledge holders. This will be done to deepen their understandings of traditional education practices, aspects of the Skwxwú7mesh language related to the instructional area, land, spirit, and context, and acknowledge the teachers who have come before us. Methodologically this course will be approached as a collaborative inquiry where students and Elder knowledge holders work together to address jointly formed questions about protocols and values, resources, skills, knowledge making and sharing practices.  

Meeting Dates:
Fridays, starting January 10th until April 3rd (excluding reading break February 21st)

8:30 am-4:30pm 
Eslha7An Learning Centre, 345 West 5th North Vancouver, BC


  • To deepen our understandings of our position (who we are, what we bring to this research question) in relation to the community where we work
  • To recognize the relationship between how we learn (including teaching and our research practices) and our ways of being and becoming in the world
  • To learn from and acknowledge Skwxwú7mesh and other teachings (from all our relations) that have inspired and informed our inquiry (both in answer to the research question(s) and as part of the research processes)
  • To make explicit the ways that these teachings connect to practice (both in answer to the research question and in our own ways of engaging with these teachings)
  • To learn and apply protocols for gathering and sharing teachings from knowledge keepers and Elders
  • To decolonize praxis and re-claiming Indigeneity (naming and identifying binaries, colonial violence and hegemonic practices and re-claiming wholistic and culturally relevant ways of being and becoming)


  • Responses to our Weekly Readings 25%
  • Skwxwú7mesh Teachings Journal 50%
  • Learning Statements 25%


EDUC 816 is evaluated based on SFU’s Standard Graduate Grade System https://www.sfu.ca/students/calendar/2019/spring/fees-and-regulations/grading- policy/gradgrading-policy.html



Linda Tuhiwai Smith (2012). Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples (second edition). London: Zed Books.
ISBN: 9781848139503

Debra Jacobs (2016). Skwxwú7mesh Nách’en: Xwech’shí7 tlʼa Nexwníneẁ iy Sneẁíyelh Squamish Praxis the interspace of Upbringing and the Teachings. http://summit.sfu.ca/item/16887


Jo-Ann Archibald,  et al. (2019). Decolonizing Research: Indigenous Storywork as Methodology, London: Zed Books
ISBN: 9781786994608

Tsawalk : a Nuu-chah-nulth worldview / Umeek (E. Richard Atleo). Eugene Richard Atleo 1939- Canadian Electronic Library (Firm) Vancouver, B.C. : UBC Press c2004

Linda Tuhiwai Smith (2019). Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education: Mapping the Long View. New York: Routledge.
ISBN: 9781138585867

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