Spring 2022 - EDUC 912 G001

Colloquium in Curriculum Theory (II) (3)

Class Number: 1759

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    AQ 5036, Burnaby



Calendar Description:
This course is about curriculum theory and epistemology, and will be facilitated as a series of conversations collaboratively designed with the participants.   Topics of conversation will emerge from the participants’ prior and ongoing research topics and interests, as well as their academic needs, aspirations, and goals.   Readings will expose students to a variety of works pertaining to the question of knowledge construction and education.

Course Details:
An in-depth study of epistemological issues in education, including but not limited to concepts of perception, cognition, imagination, memory, understanding, learning and the assessment of learning. Other questions dealt with are: What are the various forms of knowledge? What are the implications for core curriculum? What epistemological assumptions underlie current educational practices? We sill also discuss the doctoral thesis: its variety, components, style, tone, argument ... each participant will chose a thesis to analyze and present for class discussion.


The following possibilities are offered for considerations for what will be of most interest and use to the group: academic (or professional) publication (journal articles, chapters, book reviews, academic reviews, etc.), preparation of research proposal, literature review, research conceptualization, methodology, traditional and alternative thesis formats, conference presentations, SSHRC proposal, teaching preps (course outline/syllabus, pedagogic supports).


  • Paper
  • Colloquium 40%%
  • Proposal 30%%
  • Thesis Review 30%%



Bateson, M.C.  (1994).  Peripheral visions: Learning along the way.  New York: Harper Collins.  ISBN  13:9780060926304
Schön, D.  (1983).  The reflective practitioner: How professionals think-in-action.  New York: Basic Books.  ISBN: 13:9780465068784
Lave, J., & Wenger, E.  (1991).  Situated learning: Legitimate peripheral participation.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9780521423748


Additional readings and films will be distributed electronically via 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:


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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.