Fall 2021 - EDUC 352W D100

Building on Reflective Practice (4)

Class Number: 5278

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We, Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    WMC 3253, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 252.



Building on the experience of EDUC 252, prospective educators will continue to develop their reflective practice. Various educational issues related to the caring for learners and the creation of learning communities will be explored. Students will spend time in educational settings exploring the importance of connected educational experiences for learners. Students with credit for EDUC 401 or holding a teaching certificate may not take this course for credit Writing.


This course proposes to explore reflective practice as a collective research program directed as much by structured course content as by the interests and responses of participants. The intention is to balance the student's own speculation of how reflective practice might be defined with a selection of ideas and discussions that have informed its conceptual basis to date. Guided in-class exercises, assigned reading, and group and individual work will facilitate a clearer articulation of the student's interpretation of how reflective practice can be meaningfully incorporated into both learning and teaching.


1. Greater understanding of historical contexts leading to reflective practice as a formal approach to learning and teaching.

2. Critical examination of the varying definitions and aspirations of reflective practice.

3. Clear articulation of the student's own conception of what might constitute reflective practice, and how this might inform personal and community development.



  • Online Reflective Journal / Portfolio / Discussion Posts 40%
  • Collaborative/Group Presentation 20%
  • Discussion/Research Paper 20%
  • Self-Assessment Letter (Criteria TBA) 20%


Part of this course is based on direct response to guided in-class exercises, and also meaningfully-engaged discussion with peers. The culminating form of the portfolio and research paper is arrived at incrementally through engaged participation throughout the term, so attendance is particularly important.


Detailed instructions and support for a simple online portfolio will be provided – no special web design experience or skills necessary!



None required.


All assigned readings will be made available on Canvas by the instructor.


A bibliography of recommended readings and videos (outside of assigned materials) will be made available by the instructor and supplemented by the class throughout the semester.

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


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware 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.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.