Fall 2023 - EDUC 100W D200

Selected Questions and Issues in Education (3)

Class Number: 7021

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Oct 6, 2023: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

    Oct 11 – Dec 5, 2023: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.



An introduction to a small but representative sample of basic questions and issues in education. Students will examine questions relating to: the concept or idea of education; learning and the learner; teaching and the teacher; and more generally, the broader contexts of education. This course also introduces students to different ways of exploring educational questions and issues from philosophical and critical analysis, to historical and cross-cultural studies, to empirical research. Cannot be taken for credit by students with credit for 300 and 400 level education courses. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.


This is an introductory course, which explores questions and issues in education, connecting to ways of being, knowing and learning. We will explore a holistic approach, which includes kinesthetic, visual, auditory, somatic and emotional intelligences. Educational issues will draw from the lived curriculum, cultural, philosophical, aesthetic, and ecological concerns in connection to understanding and perceiving the world. Emphasis will be given to engage in your own inquiry as a way of investigating the relationship between the personal and the universal and holistic learning through writing, walking, place, and arts-based practices.The class will take advantage of various sites for learning including galleries, urban forests, and the natural world.


The goals of this class is to probe and extend the way education has been construed and challenges and encourages the student to connect his/her/their own lived inquiry to ways of knowing which encompass a holistic understanding. A variety of educational philosophies will be examined and students will expand their way of writing, excavate knowledge, articulate voice and connect to their passion.


  • Attendance/Participation 10%
  • Oral Presentation in Groups 25%
  • Writing narratives in and out of class 25%
  • Final project connected to ways of knowing 40%


A full schedule, including off-campus field trips will be given in beginning of semester.

Attendance and participation are necessary and fulfillment of all requirements.



Davidson, S. F., & Davidson, Robert. (2018). Potlatch as pedagogy : learning through ceremony / Sara Florence Davidson and Robert Davidson. Portage & Main Press.
ISBN: 9781553797739

J. Miller, M. Binder, S. Crowell, K. Nigh, B. Novak, (Eds.). (2018). The international handbook in holistic education.  Abingdon, UK: Routledge
ISBN: 9781138082656

Snowber, C. (2016). Embodied inquiry. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishing
ISBN: 978-94-6300-753-5


E. Lyle (Ed.) (2020).Identity Landscapes: Contemplating place and the construction of self. Leiden/Boston: Brill Sens
ISBN: 9789004425187

Vol 18, No 2 (2021): Walking: Attuning to an Earthly Curriculum in Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies



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Registrar Notes:


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