Summer 2021 - EDUC 867 G001

Advanced Qualitative Research in Education (5)

Class Number: 1619

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 866.



Students will study in depth various qualitative methodological approaches to educational research, will develop competence to contribute significantly to knowledge in their particular field of study, and will engage in intensive practice of various methodological approaches to qualitative research introduced in EDUC 866.


This course is designed for graduate students in education who are preparing to conduct a qualitative research study or who are already in the midst of a qualitative research project. The focus is on deep reading, experimentation and collaboration, while giving focused attention to advancing students’ projects. Assignments are adapted to fit each student's research trajectory, while engaging with critical, interpretive, relational and postqualitative approaches and the ethics, politics and responsibilities of all research activities.


Advance progress in your graduate research project;

Explore diverse research methods in education while becoming intimately familiar with those of your study;

Experiment with modes of analyses;

Map your study with respect to integrity and alignment of research goals and questions; theories and methods; interpretations and research sharing;

Gain experience in leading postgraduate seminars, in line with the work of teaching in the academy


  • Research method exposé: An exploration of a research approach/set of methods. (Individual/small group presentation (20%) and individual written component (20%). (Week 5-6) 40%
  • Critical article review (presented in course seminar, and in writing) (1 per student, ongoing) 20%
  • Methods/analysis paper (building on research method exposé, specific to student projects, to be discussed with instructor) (10 pages, Week 12) 40%


Timely, ongoing participation in online discussion, engagement in analytic experiments, responding to articles, and to one anothers’ work is expected

Instructor notes: Attendance, participation and preparation for all course activities on and off line is expected. Some research activities involve walking outdoors, if this is a concern for you please let me know by direct email and we will develop alternatives.

Summer 2021. Remote offering: Zoom meetings 5-7pm Tuesdays, May 11 – July 27. Additional course discussion and resources on Canvas.



Bhattacharya, K. (2017). Fundamentals of qualitative research: A practical guide. Routledge. (available online at SFU library).
ISBN: 9781315231747


Recommended texts:

Tuhiwai, S. P. L. (2012). Decolonizing methodologies: Research and indigenous peoples. ProQuest Ebook Central

Additional core readings (2-3 per week) and recommended readings will be distributed in a detailed syllabus before the start of the course.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: 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:


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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  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 ( or 778-782-3112).