Spring 2022 - EDUC 807 G012

Inquiry into Practice (5)

Class Number: 4514

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    SRYC 5060, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    Acceptance into the MEd in Educational Practice program.



Supports learners in engaging in ethical inquiry practices within their specific professional contexts.


Course Description

Building on the philosophical and methodological foundations developed in Education EDUC 718, this course is designed to further develop and broaden understanding of what it means to be a teacher inquirer. Throughout the semester we will explore the methodologies, and practices that inform our work as teacher inquirers, particularly with regards to data collection, analysis and interpretation. As a community of inquirers we will support each other in making sense of our data through various methods including traditional methods of analysis (such as coding), as well as art-based and diffractive methods, which can allow us to ‘get outside’ dominant discourses and material configurations that shape our thinking and our actions. We will critically and creatively investigate, reflect upon, and reconsider our lives in educational settings and engage in recursive cycles of action and reflection, and of data collection and analysis.


Following EDUC 718 this course is intended to continue to support you in deepening and developing your understandings of the philosophies and methods of qualitative research broadly speaking, and teacher inquiry most specifically. It is designed to explicitly support you in the inquiry you have proposed in the previous course, and which you are now embarking upon, by providing opportunities to explore literature, methods, and examples in order to further develop and make sense of your inquiry. It is also designed to support you in identifying and articulating previously unexplored understandings and perspectives. Our goal is to see our students, our practice and our selves in more informed and unexpected ways, and to examine and disrupt our habitual patterns and ways of knowing.


Inquiry Journal, Data Collection and Method of Analysis

Literature Share

Learning Stories/Statements

Presentation of Learning Stories



Please note: All Readings will be posted on 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 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware 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.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.