Spring 2021 - EDUC 904 G031

Fieldwork III (5)

Class Number: 3790

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Instructor:

    David Zandvliet
    778 782-5680 office, 604 219-0362 cell




This practical course concentrates on assisting students to develop and synthesize a theoretical framework for ecological education -- developing aspects of pedagogy, or other aspects related to the interpretation of professional practice or curriculum with/in this perspective (eg. action research, curriculum development or curriculum implementation). The final paper will also relate aspects of personal and professional growth.  Course experiences will allow participants to refine their ideas around theories of education “in”, “for” and “about” the environment and allow for reflection, critique and revision of a final (descriptive) summative paper.

The seminar portion of the course will provide students with further opportunities to refine their ideas through case study, practice instruction, demonstration, and roleplay.  Additional hours will be scheduled one on one with students for individual consultation and/or portfolio preparations.

Times: Thursdays 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm (via Zoom)
  Saturdays 8:30 am - 4:30 pm  (Field experience or Virtual Events)   
Meeting Dates: Thursdays (Zoom conference) and Saturdays (F2F or Online events)
Jan. 14 (Zoom) Jan. 16 – (Zoom)
Jan. 21 (Zoom) Jan. 23 – Virtual Event (IEL – Decolonising Our Practice - Symposium)
Feb. 4 (Zoom) Feb. 06 –  Delivered F2F in a field location (tentative Mossom Creek)
Feb. 25 (Zoom) Feb. 27 –  Virtual Event (IEL – Turning Education Inside/Out – 50 years of EE)
Mar. 4 (Zoom) Mar. 06 – Delivered F2F in a field location (tentative Van Dusen or Sc. World)

Note: There will be one further Face-to-Face (F2F) meeting, date to be determined.

(Note about Risks: there are some minimal risks associated with field activities including encounters with wildlife, insect bites, scratches or abrasions, etc.)


  • Participation and leadership in a variety of planned practical field experiences 50%
  • Submission of a written summative paper: Foundational/Conceptual Framework 50%


This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Both components of the course must be passed to obtain a satisfactory grade in this course.



A collection of supplemental readings will be available by the first class

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).