Inquiry and Aboriginal Education in Canada courses are offered to all teacher candidates:


EDUC 450 – Inquiry Seminar I:

Inquiry Seminar I is designed to engender:

  • an understanding of teaching as a moral and intellectual activity requiring inquiry, judgement and engagement with multiple others—students, parents, colleagues, scholarly community.
  • an appreciation of the importance of research in understanding curriculum, teaching and learning.
  • a desire to engage in one’s own educational inquiries—to become students of teaching.

EDUC 451 – Inquiry Seminar II:

Inquiry Seminar II is designed to provide opportunities:

  • To engage in teacher inquiry around a theme, a particular curriculum emphasis or an educational issue of one’s choosing.
  • To demonstrate understandings acquired during course work and develop deeper understandings of a particular area of educational study.
  • To begin to make links between one’s inquiry topic and one’s practice as a beginning teacher.

EDUC 452 – Inquiry Seminar III:

Inquiry Seminar III is designed to provide opportunities to reflect upon and represent one’s learning experiences (in the teacher education program) in light of a critical engagement with what it means to be a professional and to be engaged in a profession. This includes revisiting one’s inquiry question/s in a post-practicum and pre-career space: where is the inquiry process now? has the question shifted? what questions have emerged?

The sharing of this reflective process allows one to demonstrate:

  • A growing awareness of commitments and responsibilities to the profession, self and others.
  • A developing ability to engage thoughtfully in practice, to raise critical questions and wonder ‘out loud’ about an individual and collective professional future.

EDUC 440 – Aboriginal Education in Canada is intended to provide teacher candidates with opportunities to explore how to respectfully and meaningfully integrate Aboriginal/Indigenous history, content, and world views.

You will examine the role of Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing in Aboriginal/Indigenous societies and learn how to make use of this knowledge in your planning for the classroom, school and community. The goal is to assist all educators to make a contribution to transforming Aboriginal education in order to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal/Indigenous learners and enhance learning for all students.

Course topics include:

  • our relationship to Indigenous peoples and Indigenous education
  • Indigenous knowledge in education
  • looking back, looking forward: Aboriginal education in Canada
  • teaching residential school history and texts
  • integrating indigenous content, perspectives and knowledge into the curriculum
  • pedagogical approaches in Indigenous education
  • Aboriginal family and community engagement
  • Indigenous languages and the classroom
  • sharing responsibility for transforming Indigenous education