Spring 2024 - EDUC 820 G031

Current Issues in Curriculum and Pedagogy (5)

Class Number: 5588

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA



Focuses on educational issues, trends and practices which impact teaching and learning in schools and other educational settings.


In this course, students will engage with a wide range of Indigenous literatures that can be used in K-12 classrooms. Course content will include opportunities to explore learning from Indigenous stories, Indigenous literacies, the role of storytelling in sharing knowledge, and the complexities associated with teaching Indigenous literatures.

Meeting Dates:

January 12/13, 26/27

February 9/10, 23/24

March 8/9, 22/23

Meeting Times:

Fridays 4:30am-9:00pm

Saturdays 8:30am-4:00pm


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Learn from Indigenous stories;
  • Explore a range of Indigenous texts that can be used in grades K-12;
  • Develop an understanding of how principles are used to evaluate Indigenous resources and how these can be applied in different contexts;
  • Describe how to respectfully bring Indigenous literatures and literacies into classrooms;
  • Reflect on the ways in which Indigenous stories can entertain, educate, and heal; and
  • Examine the role of storytelling as an Indigenous pedagogy.


  • Discussion Posts 20%
  • In Class Activities 10%
  • Reading Group Notes 10%
  • Learning Journals 45%
  • Class Facilitation 15%



Digital copies of the required texts are available through SFU Library. 

We will be visiting an exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery; students will be responsible for the cost of their admission.


Hanson, A. J. (2021). Literatures, Communities, and Learning: Conversations with Indigenous Writers. Wilfred Laurier University Press.
ISBN: 9781771124508

M’Lot, C., & Ferguson, K. A. (2022). Resurgence: Engaging with Indigenous narratives and cultural expressions in and beyond the classroom. Portage & Main Press.
ISBN: 9781774920008


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.

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:


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.