Sara Florence Davidson is a Haida/Settler educator and scholar who has a PhD in Literacy Education. She is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education where she works in Indigenous education.
One of the main areas of focus in Sara’s research is seeking ways to merge the strengths of Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives and pedagogical practices in the K-12 system. She is also the project lead on Indigenous Storybooks where she is learning about how traditional Indigenous stories can be used to strengthen text-based and Indigenous literacy practices.
Sara is the co-author of Potlatch as Pedagogy: Learning through Ceremony, which she wrote with her father, Haida artist Robert Davidson.
Welcome to SFU Dr. Davidson. Please tell us a little bit about yourself including your academic and professional backgrounds.
Before coming to SFU, I was an Assistant Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley, where I taught English Language Arts methods and Indigenous education courses. I also worked as a lecturer at the University of British Columbia (UBC) teaching Indigenous education.
In 2016, I completed my Ph.D. in Literacy Education at UBC. Before that, I was a classroom teacher for nine years in British Columbia (BC) and Yukon, where I taught grades 6-12. I have also worked with Adult Learners. Much of my classroom experience has been working with Indigenous students in rural settings or supporting students who are making the transition to larger urban centres to complete their education.
I am interested in ways to make research accessible to a wider audience as well. Over the past year, I collaborated with my father to write a series of picture books based on our family stories. One of the purposes of these books is to use stories to teach more about the sk’ad’a principles (a set of pedagogical principles introduced in Potlatch as Pedagogy). These stories provide examples of intergenerational learning, as they follow my father through his life as a grandson learning from his grandfather, a son learning from his father, a father teaching his children, and a grandfather teaching his grandchildren.
I am also an SFU alumni, as I completed my teacher education in the SFU Professional Development Program for teacher preparation (PDP) in the Northwest Teacher Education Constortium (NWTEC ) in Terrace, BC.