Spring 2022 - EDUC 904 G032

Fieldwork III (5)

Class Number: 7042

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA




As in previous courses in this programme, group time will be spent examining, discussing and engaging with challenges related to mathematics education (specifically its teaching, learning and curriculum), through readings and self‐experience, in conjunction with an extended focus on means and purposes of research, exploration and examination of one’s own classroom setting (and practices). Within the sequence of courses that comprises the numeracy masters’ degree, this course is specifically intended to support the individual exploration of students’ own questions and phenomena of interest, customarily within their own work contexts. The title ‘Fieldwork’ says it well, in that the predominant focus is outside the course cohort meetings. Nevertheless, students will be encouraged to draw on the strength of the group in encountering their individual project challenges, as well as bringing those areas of interesting resistance and unexpected demand to the group for mutual discussion, accommodation and, hopefully, resolution. There will also be regular individual meetings at each weekend (apart from the first one) with the course instructor to discuss specific issues arising from each student’s individual project focus. At the end of the previous course but one in this programme (EDUC 864, which I also taught), each student composed a project proposal. I then, both in full group sessions and via individual meetings with me, will engage in prompting and providing further support as each student progresses with their explorations. In particular, we will work jointly on aspects of individual interviews, of teacher questioning, on discovering pertinent readings, as well as clarifying and narrowing the focus the phenomena of interest and the means they will each adopt as they proceed.

Meeting Dates:
December 10 – 12, 2021
January 28 – 30, 2022
March 4 – 6, 2022
April 8 – 10, 2022

Meeting Times:
Friday: 5.00–9.00
Saturday: 9.00–5.00
Sunday: 9.00–1.00

Meeting Location:
H.S. Grenda Middle School, Lake Country, BC

Additional Details:
Room to be determined.


  • Initial progress report/minor draft 10%
  • On-going progress report/major draft 20%
  • Final project report 70%


The primary form of assessment for this course will be the final project report to be submitted towards the end of April 2022 (see below). Students will also be required to make ten‐minute ‘in progress’ class presentations during the second and third weekends and to send the instructor two written progress reports, one before the third weekend and one before the fourth weekend. (Precise dates for these prior submissions will be agreed during the first weekend of the course.) Written and oral feedback will be provided on each written progress report during the individual sessions at the relevant (second and third) weekend. The scale of the final project report should be roughly 4,000 – 6,000 words


Firm deadline for final project report submission: April 25th, 2022



No required textbooks.

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.