Spring 2021 - EDUC 807 G012

Inquiry into Practice (5)

Class Number: 3782

Delivery Method: Remote

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    We 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Acceptance into the MEd in Educational Practice program.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

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

COURSE DETAILS:

Simon Fraser University
Faculty of Education

Education 807 G012
Inquiry into Practice
Spring, 2021

Instructor: Dr. Jan MacLean        Email: jlmaclea@sfu.ca                                                            
Dates: January 19 – April 16 
Times: Tuesdays, 4:30 – 8:20pm         

Course Description
Building on the philosophical and methodological foundations developed in Education EDUC 718, this course is designed to further develop and broaden understanding of what it means to be a teacher inquirer. Throughout the semester we will explore the methodologies, and practices that inform our work as teacher inquirers, particularly with regards to data collection, analysis and interpretation. As a community of inquirers we will support each other in making sense of our data through various methods including traditional methods of analysis (such as coding), as well as art-based and diffractive methods, which can allow us to ‘get outside’ dominant discourses and material configurations that shape our thinking and our actions. We will critically and creatively investigate, reflect upon, and reconsider our lives in schools and engage in recursive cycles of action and reflection, and of data collection and analysis.

 

 

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

Objectives
Following EDUC 718 this course is intended to continue to support you in deepening and developing your understandings of the philosophies and methods of qualitative research broadly speaking, and teacher inquiry most specifically. It is designed to explicitly support you in the inquiry you have proposed in the previous course, and which you are now embarking upon, by providing opportunities to explore literature, methods, and examples in order to further develop and make sense of your inquiry. It is also designed to support you in identifying and articulating previously unexplored understandings and perspectives. Our goal is to see our students, our practice and our selves in more informed and unexpected ways, and to examine and disrupt our habitual patterns and ways of knowing.

Assignments:
Inquiry Journal, Data Collection and Method of Analysis (40% of final mark)
Literature Share (required but not graded)
Learning Stories/Statements (60% of final mark)
Presentation of Learning Stories (required but not graded)

Please note: All Readings will be posted on Canvas

This course will be taught completely online through remote instruction via Zoom and Canvas. Please reserve original class time for Zoom videoconferencing and online interaction. Attendance/active participation during videoconference / synchronous class time and regular active participation on Canvas is a requirement of this course.

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:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

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 SPRING 2021

Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 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).