Fall 2022 - EDUC 926 G001

Ethnographic and Multimodal Approaches to Educational Research (3)

Class Number: 1898

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    HCC 2290, Vancouver



This seminar is designed for the second term of the doctoral program in Languages, Cultures, and Literacies in the Faculty of Education. It will provide students with opportunities to examine and practice analytical research procedures that are currently in the forefront of multiliteracies and multimodal research oriented to transformative educational scholarship.


This course explores approaches to languages and literacies research within a critical framework linking societies, cultures, pedagogies and justice. Guided by the premise that research is as much philosophical as methodological, we will chart a journey from conventional research theory, philosophy and methods, toward ethnographic and multimodal orientations within Indigenous, decolonizing and critical perspectives, and consider these in light of emerging research approaches including research creation, speculative, post-qualitative and virtual/digital ethnographic methods.


  • To provide a foundation in theories, philosophies and methods associated with ethnographic and multimodal methods in literacy and language inquiry;
  • To tie these methodological discussions to critical themes in decolonizing research, digital societies and plurilingual-pluriliterate societies
  • To create opportunities for students to gain hands-on inquiry experiences;
  • To support students to develop promising directions and foci for their doctoral research;
  • To develop educational leadership and facilitation skills in university contexts.


  • Critical article/resource review and presentation (x2) 20%
  • Midterm: Critical multi-modal data analysis (formative feedback from instructor and peers). Ungraded. 0%
  • Data/inquiry project (based on your mid-term assignment and your research interests). We will discuss options in the course and there is plenty of inspiration for what this could look like in the course readings and resources. 50%
  • Maintain a course inquiry blog/journal to document your notes, reflections, responses to article and other learning in the course as a resource for future research. 30%


The course is offered in person. Some classes may be offered remotely as needed and depending upon illness.


This is a core course offering for students in the PhD program Languages, Cultures and Literacies. Students outside the PhD program who are interested in ethnographic and related qualitative methods in literacies and languages settings are welcome with permission of the instructor.



Required and recommended readings are accessible online via Canvas or the SFU library.


Available in full course syllabus in late August 2022.


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:

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Registrar Notes:


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