Fall 2024 - EDUC 252 OL01

Introduction to Reflective Practice (4)

Class Number: 6101

Delivery Method: Online


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Provides opportunities for prospective educators to begin their development as reflective practitioners. Through readings, classroom activities and discussions, and interactions with students and practicing teachers, students will be exposed to various educational issues and questions. They will be given time to explore their own values and beliefs about education and teaching. Time may be spent observing in a selection of educational settings, and there may be opportunities to work with learners individually, and in small and large groups. Students enrolled in or with credit for EDUC 401, 402, 403 or holding a teaching certificate may not take this course for credit.


This online course introduces students to the art of reflective practice that can be applied to and enacted in educational settings of wide varieties and venues. Reflective practice as theorized and practiced in this course rests on three foundational orientations:

  • Existential inquiry: Reflection starts with, and returns to, the self’s existential condition, questions, and quest in one’s real-world contexts.
  • Contemplative inquiry: Reflection is vitally supported and facilitated by contemplative inquires and practices, for which the self taps into different states of consciousness through engaging in contemplative (body-mind) practices.
  • World-centred learning: A reflective practitioner engages in world-centred educational practices and activities in which students encounter and explore real places, situations and environments and come to reflect on themselves in-relation to the world and all its dynamic, indeterminacy.


This course is structured in such a way that theory and practice go hand-in-hand, and curriculum content and pedagogical process are integrated. Weekly learning activities include:

  • Creating (multimodal) reflective-entries in response to published articles from reflective practice and philosophy of education and video materials that inquire into and explore the phenomenology of reflection and related practices;
  • forming a community of practice through canvas dialogue with peers and instructor, and;
  • undertaking a series of guided, reflective exercises drawn from the three foundational orientations (existential inquiry, contemplative inquiry, and world-centred learning).

These exercises and practices are deliberately capacity- and skills-building, and thus relevant to students and people interested in reflective practice across a broad range of domains and fields (from artists to health and care-practitioners). Course participants are invited to engage in daily reflective practice, applying what they are learning each week.


  • Reflection journal & Portfolio 65%
  • Canvas peer/dialogue 35%


There is no final exam. Grading components may be subject to change before the first week of class.


You must pass all of the grading components in this course in order to receive a grade.



Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the term are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.