Spring 2021 - EDUC 816 G033

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

Class Number: 4650

Delivery Method: Remote


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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.


Meeting Dates:
Jan 15, 16 & 29, 30
Feb 5, 6 & 19, 20
Mar 5, 6 & 26, 27

Meeting Times:
Friday: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Meeting Location:
Online via Zoom 

Additional Details:
This is a seminar-style course focusing on key concepts in contemporary curriculum discourse, including conceptions of curriculum, curriculum ideologies, curriculum language, and various approaches to curriculum research and design. Students are encouraged to comment critically on the field of curriculum inquiry and to investigate the curricular and pedagogical dimensions of their own teaching contexts.  Much of the reading and discussion will be based on the classic work of Joseph Schwab in his series, The Practical in the sixties and seventies.


You will develop a sharper sense of what theories are and how they are used in educational research and practice. You will develop and appreciation and understanding of the processes of curriculum deliberation and argumentation. You will develop a confident and realistic stance in your own curriculum context and a strong theoretical grounding in curriculum studies.


  • Canvas weekly discussion forums 30%
  • Term Paper on Individually chosen topic 40%
  • Class presentation 30%


Students are expected to attend all seminars during the semester.  All readings will be distributed electronically via Canvas.



Weekly readings will be distributed via email and Canvas.

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


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).