Workshops and Events at Research Hub

Becoming Defractive as Practitioners

Dr. Cher Hill

Date: January 27, 2021
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Place:  via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the event begins)

Since Donald Schön’s seminal address to the American Educational Research Association in 1987, reflective practice has become a cornerstone in teacher education. Indeed, reflective practice, and other forms of practitioner inquiry, can be transformative and emancipatory, empowering teachers as producers of local knowledge and agents of change within schools. Karen Barad however, invites us to displace reflection as the dominant model of inquiry, and consider diffraction as a guiding metaphor. Whereas reflective practice is based on the assumption that teachers are stable agential subjects who have the capacity to generate and act on representations of pre-existing realities, diffractive methods are situated within a relational ontology, in which reality and subjectivities are viewed as continuously re/constituted through material entanglements. During this gathering we will explore how we might be/come diffractive practitioners. 

Past Series

Mathematising Social Issues to Imagine a Different World

Presenters: Dr. Sean Chorney

Time: September 30, 2020 | 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Place: Zoom

Can mathematics be used to imagine alternative approaches to problematic social issues? I propose that mathematising aspects of our social world can help us not only identify hidden problems, but also formulate alternative conceptions of their causes and possible solutions. This talk will report on Dr. Sean Chorney's study of teaching high school mathematics classes on the topic of gerrymandering, as a demonstration of how mathematics can raise awareness and imagination.

The Vital Role of Indigenous Imagination in Transformative Reconciliation

Presenters: Dr. Vicki Kelly

Time & Date: March 4, 2020 | 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Place: EDB 7610, Education Building, SFU Burnaby Campus

Central to transformative reconciliation and Indigenous resurgence is a revaluation of Indigenous knowledge traditions in Canadian society, and especially in our education systems. This impels us to ask: How do Indigenous knowledge holders hold knowledge? And how is that process embodied and enacted within Indigenous education? Images play a key role in the participatory pedagogies through which Indigenous knowledge systems grow and flourish, especially as they inform and guide the work of making or poesis. Artists are a vital part of those systems, because the images with which they work, and which they give concrete form, are packed with knowledge. Reconciliation and resurgence can thus be seen as profoundly imaginative and artistic educational processes whose reach extends to our most everyday interactions and material realities.

“Imagination has a place because imagination IS a place, and because everything is connected to everything else, the encounter with imagination is a living communication within a sentient landscape." (Dan Longboat & Joe Sheridan)

“Images are compressed complexities” (David Hunt). 

"All the objects used in everyday life, including the simplest and most ordinary ones, are, so to speak, crystallized imagination.” (Lev Vygotsky)

Reimagining Research as Performance

Presenters: Dr. Lynn Fels & Saliha Bava

Time: February 6, 2020 | 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Place: Room 5080, SFU Surrey Campus

Dr. Fels is a Profession in Arts Education in the Faculty of Education, SFU. Her research focuses on performative inquiry, arts for social change, arts as learning, performative writing, and arts-based research. 

Saliha Bava, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Mercy College, New York, USA. Dr. Bava is a researcher of play and relational processes. She researches how individuals improvise with each other within educational, training, or work contexts.

They are currently co-investigators in a research project that explores how community is created through shared experiences of creative play, improvisation, and collaboration.

Virtual Writing Retreat Wednesdays

January 20, 2021

It's the Research Hub's first VWRW for 2021!

Special Note: Starting January 20, 2021 VWRWs are extended by 30 minutes to give you more dedicated writing time!

Welcome to 2021! Research Hub’s Virtual Writing Retreat Wednesdays are back to help you  get back on track with your writing.  At each virtual writing retreat Wednesday, you will be able to connect with your peers and write together in a supportive space! You will learn a variety of writing strategies, acquire a clear understanding of academic writing conventions and expectations, and have an opportunity to practice key writing and learning elements within your own work. 

Workshop (30-45 minutes):  Transforming Your Empirical Work into Conceptual Research
Presenters: Dr. Michelle Pidgeon and Dr. Özlem Sensoy

Social Check-in:  We are also partnering with the Education Graduate Student Association and will have a half -hour social check-in before the retreat.  Join us to get to know your fellow grad!  This check-in is optional.

Date:  January 20, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm, PST
Virtual Space: ZOOM
You must RSVP to receive the Zoom meeting link and password, which will be emailed to you before the event.

Registration link (Opens January 11 at 8:00am, PST):

12:00 - 12:30pm: Social Check-in with the EGSA
12:30 - 12:45pm: Tech Check-in
12:45 - 1:30pm:  Workshop: Transforming Your Empirical Work into Conceptual Research
1:30pm - 1:45pm:  Goal Setting
1:45pm - 3:45pm:  Dedicated Writing Time
2:45pm - 3:00pm:  (Optional) Break time (Break-out room)
3:45pm - 4:00pm: Goal check-in and Wrap up

Optional Break Time: Yoga for students encompasses options in movement and breath to support you from sitting or standing. Join Cheryl Uphill, Certified Yoga Therapist, and MEd student, to take a well deserved break during writing retreats. *No yoga experience necessary.


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Past Retreat

October 7, 2020
Critical Reading for Graduate Research
Time: 12:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Virtual Space:  ZOOM

August 23, 2020
Time: 12:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Virtual Space:  ZOOM

August 19, 2020
Time: 12:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Virtual Space:  ZOOM

February 26, 2020
Developing a Conceptual Framework

  • Define Theoretical and Conceptual Frameworks
  • Understanding Others’ Conceptual Frameworks (Critical Thinking/Reading)
  • Building a Conceptual Framework
  • Positioning Yourself

January 29, 2020
Writing Fuel: Creating a plan to get your writing projects done

Jackie Amsden (MA, Education) is a communicator with SFU's Centre for Educational Excellence.  An avid writer, her work has appeared in University AffairsICEF InternationalOur Schools Our Selves, and SFU News. In 2016, she self-published a young-adult fiction novel, The Tokyo Covergirls and is now working on a new, much better novel based on her own addiction to thrifting.

November 27, 2019
What is Your Research Questions?

One or several research questions (RQs) should be the backbone of your research process from start to finish. Your RQs guide your research, ground your analyses, and focus your writing. A project’s RQs may require slight adjustments here and there but should never be lost entirely. Come to this discussion to re-ground your research or writing process in this foundational element, and possibly even practice developing and clearly stating (or re-stating) your research questions.

October 30, 2019
Developing a Conceptual Framework for your Research

  • Define Theoretical and Conceptual Frameworks
  • Demonstrate how reading and thinking critically can help to understand others’ Conceptual Frameworks
  • Discuss and exemplify building a Conceptual Framework for a research project

September 25, 2019
Enhancing Your Academic Writing in Graduate Studies

Academic writing in graduate studies requires students to level-up their skills and focus to engage fully in scholarly discourse. General tips like “write every day” and “demonstrate critical thinking” can fall flat without more knowledge of specific approaches for writing and revising. Join today’s workshop to learn more about academic writing style, analysis, argumentation, and using sources in ways that will empower you to excel in your graduate writing projects.

Reading/Thinking/Doing (RTD) Club

The Reading/Thinking/Doing (RTD) club is about discussion, dialogue and exchange of ideas on explorations in Education with posthumanist/new materialist scholarships.  We are three PhD students, (Magali, Jacky and Poh) who are interested in tackling this idea with others.

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