Spring 2022 - EDUC 811 G011

Fieldwork I (5)

Class Number: 4516

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA



Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Instructor: Dr. Michael Ling, gling@sfu.ca, and with Dr. Lyn Fels, lynn_fels@sfu.ca for EDUC 888, Comprehensive Exams.

Days & Times: Tuesdays, 4:30-9:20pm; January 11 – March 29 (NB: dates and times to be discussed at first class in January)

Location: Surrey Campus, Room #5320

“I learn by going where I have to go.”
(Theodore Roethke)

In a very real, clear, and compact sense, this course might best be described as an exploration of, this quote from Roethke’s poem. Reflecting on the fulsome journey from Diploma through to M Ed, engaging in various forms of inquiry as you have, we might think of these three sets of questions as guides to this exploration:

  • where did I plan to go,
  • where have I actually gone, (or, where has the journey taken me),


  • what have I learned/how have I learned it?

More specifically, we are asking ourselves:

  • what have I learned through the program, and from conducting my inquiry, about myself, my setting, and my practice?
  • what key ideas, concepts, theories, thinkers, approaches, and philosophies have had an impact on me?
  • how have these ideas (concepts, etc) influenced, confirmed, challenged, and/or transformed my thinking and my practice?
  • how do I now situate myself in the community of scholarship, and in my community of practice?
  • how will I now take these ideas into my practice and into my community?
    • how do I want to represent and demonstrate what I have learned, and where I go from here?

In more concrete terms, the course is an opportunity to pull together these ideas and experiences into what we might think of as our weekly workshops, as the raw material we’ll use toward the creation of the two Comprehensive Exam components, the Written project and the Oral presentation. We will discuss these components in more detail in 811…along with why EDUC 888 is officially called an ‘exam,’ and why it is emphatically not an exam.

There are no books for this course, any readings will be accessed through the SFU Online System or will be posted to Canvas.




This course is graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis, which will be determined by: attendance and participation in our sessions, including: discussions, activities, 1:1 meetings, collegial review, advice, and support; and, submission of draft documents at negotiated times during the term.

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.