Fall 2022 - EDUC 718 G011

Landscapes of Practitioner Inquiry (5)

Class Number: 6153

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    Acceptance into the MEd in Educational Practice program.



Explores the landscapes of practitioner inquiry, including its histories, affiliated paradigms and approaches, as well as ethical considerations.


This course, the first of three in the MEd in Educational Practice, explores the landscapes of practitioner inquiry, including its histories, affiliated paradigms and approaches, as well as ethical considerations. While the general orientation to inquiry will be familiar to you from your Graduate Diploma in Education program, we will be diving more deeply into the dispositions, worldviews, paradigmatic assumptions, and approaches that characterize diverse forms of practitioner inquiry, including (but not limited to) the self-study of practice, living inquiry, arts-based research, action-oriented research, and transformative inquiry.

The central purpose of this course is to support you in developing your own inquiry project, to be conducted in the following term and written up in the third term of the program. This sounds more linear than it really is: even in this term, you will be engaged in inquiry, on your own and with others, into the ways we are or may choose to be situated — personally, professionally, theoretically and methodologically. The process of choosing and refining the focus of your inquiry is also a kind of exploration, as you look both into your own experience and the questions and challenges it poses and into what the educational literature has to say about the issues you have encountered.

As a diverse and far-flung group of educators, we will be meeting biweekly on SFU's Surrey Campus on Friday evening and Saturday, thereby minimizing rush hour driving and giving us the space and time we need to build a collaborative learning community. Below is a list of the six Friday-Saturday gatherings that make up the course.



Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

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 website 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