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Critical Pedagogies Symposium on Teaching and Learning Qualitative Health Research

Critical Pedagogies Symposium on
Teaching and Learning Qualitative Health Research
Friday, October 12th, 2018 @ York University

Abstract submission deadline extended to September 18th 11:59pm.
This one-day event will bring together graduate students, professors, instructors, practitioners, and applied researchers
interested in questions of pedagogy and practice. We invite graduate students, professors, and professionals teaching/learning
Qualitative Health Research (inside and outside of formal academic environments) to join us in these conversations. The day
will be organized around playing with pedagogies, skill-building, networking and knowledge exchange opportunities. We want
this time together to be fun, generative and enriching. Your engaged participation is key to our collective success! The
Symposium goals are to:

inspire pedagogical innovation, dialogue and imagination
share challenges, exchange resources and brainstorm solutions
celebrate our accomplishments and push the boundaries of possibility
(re-)centre the ‘critical’ in our teaching practices
cultivate a network of current and future qualitative health research educators

The symposium is being organized by the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research (CCQHR) at the University of Toronto
and hosted by York University. It is the closing event for the eCampus Ontario Project, which aims to advance the field by
strengthening the community of educators in Qualitative Health Research across the province.
Date: Friday, October 12th, 2018 Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3
Building/Room: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building (DB), Room 0001; On-Campus Address: 88 Pond Rd. (# 39 on
Campus Map)

Symposium Fee:

Professionals (including post-docs): $65.00 CAD
Graduate students: $25.00 CAD

There are no registration or travel grants available for Symposium attendees/ presenters.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: You can register for the Symposium until
October 5th, 2018, 11:59 p.m
Registration Link:

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Registration: 8:30am
Symposium: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Social Networking Event: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

To download a printable version of the symposium program click here.

Registration Opens (DB Lobby)
Light Breakfast (DB 0001)

9:00am – 9:30am
Opening Remarks and Welcome
Dr. Sarah Flicker, Associate Dean, Environmental Studies, York University
Dr. Denise Gastaldo, Director, Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research, University of Toronto
Dr. Margaret A. Schneider, Lead, Symposium Scientific Committee
DB 0001

9:30am – 10:30am

Group presentation
Teaching and Learning Research Paradigms in the Health Sciences
Denise Gastaldo, Brenda Gladstone, Lisbeth Berbary, Daniel Grace, Blake Poland
DB 0001

Mapping Our Social Identity: Positionality, Challenges and Ease in Critical Qualitative Health Research
Danielle Jacobson, Nida Mustafa
DB 0004

10:30am – 11:00am
Morning Break (DB 0001)

11:00am – 12:00pm

Mini-poster presentations
Interactive Poster and Networking Session
DB 0011
Individual oral presentations
Threshold Concepts and Expressive Writing: Improving Academic Writing in Qualitative Methods Classes
Maureen Connolly
Individual oral presentations (cont.)
‘Student as Researchers’ Pedagogy and Qualitative Research
Ananya Banerjee, Natasha Kithulegoda and Avantika Mathur-Balendra
Developing Nuanced Appreciations of Possibilities for Relating: Using Improv in the Classroom
Cathy Paton
Interrogating the Shades of Truth: A Pedagogical Tool to Re-(centre) the Critical in a Qualitative Inquiry Learning Space
Laila Rahman
DB 0009

Qualitative Health Research with Children and Youth: An Examination of a Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning
Workshop (cont.)
Gail Teachman, Mary Ellen Macdonald, Marjorie Montreuil, Nora Nader Makansi, Franco A Carnevale
DB 0004

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch Break (DB Ground Floor – Reserved Lunch Space)

1:00pm – 2:00pm


Individual oral presentations
Enacting Data: Blurring Boundaries between Research and Teaching in Sexual Health Education Research
Jen Gilbert
Critical Reflections on Learning and Teaching Institutional Ethnography: A Case Study of HIV/AIDS Research
Daniel Grace
From the Middle: Reconceptualizing the Starting Point for Qualitative Learning
Nakia Lee-Foon, Fady Shanouda
Reflections on Teaching, Learning and Doing Qualitative Participatory Research in a Graduate Seminar
Farah Mawani, Sarah Flicker, Meagan Dellavilla
DB 0009

Sketching & Comics in Health Research and Education
Clara Juando-Prats, Noah Kenneally
DB 0004
Group presentation
Embedding Community-based Projects into Qualitative Research Methods Course Curriculum: Opportunities and Challenges
Elizabeth Russell, Kara Rutherford
DB 0011

2:00pm – 2:30pm
Afternoon Break (DB 0001)

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Teaching Interviewing for Humanist Qualitative Inquiry
Lisbeth Berbary, Ashley Flanagan
DB 0004

Orienting Learners to the Ambiguities of Qualitative Appraisal: An Open-Dialogue and Participatory Workshop
Umair Majid, Bismah Jameel
DB 0009
Group presentation
Participatory Visual Pedagogies for Teaching Qualitative Health Research
Sarah Switzer, Katie MacEntee, Charlotte Lombardo, Sarah Flicker
DB 0011

3:30pm – 4:15pm
Plenary Presentation and DiscussionPresentation of the e-book “Learning and Teaching Qualitative Research in Ontario: A Resource Guide”
Marcia Facey, Denise Gastaldo, Brenda Gladstone, Monica Gagnon
DB 0001

4:15pm – 4:30pm
Closing RemarksDr. Joan Eakin, Professor Emerita, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and founding Director, Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research, University of TorontoDB 0001

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Social Networking Event
Light refreshments served, full menu items available for purchase
Shopsys Bar & Grill, York Lanes, York University

The Symposium has 3 types of sessions:
Individual oral presentation (15 minutes)
We invite presentations on an innovative pedagogical practice, a case study of when something went horribly wrong or terrifically
right, an insightful reflection, or some research related to your teaching or learning in a short, didactic format. Please
allow for 5 to 10 minutes of discussion.
Workshop or Group presentation (1 hour):
In your abstract, make sure to indicate clearly whether you are submitting a Workshop. For these longer sessions, you can
either propose an interactive Workshop or a Group Presentation, made up of 2 to 4 related presentations. These longer periods
are ideal for interactive group work, showcasing exciting pedagogical tools or strategies, participatory activities, or looking
at a theme from multiple angles. Group presentation to include:

who is moderating/leading and who is presenting/co-leading (names and affiliations)
overall theme and individual topics by presenter (group presentation only)
learning objectives
pedagogical approach (workshop only)
structure of the session
allocation of time

Mini-poster for shared session (3 minutes):
In these shared sessions, you will be able to share and showcase one brief exercise, assignment, tool, example, profound
moment of teaching or learning, reflection or case study of something that works in your teaching or learning. You will need
to bring a letter-size (8.5X11 inch) poster to share with the audience and co-presenters at the session, posters can be in
black and white.
Submission Guidelines

You are welcome to submit 1 abstract (max.) to each session type (3 abstracts in total). We especially encourage
everyone attending to prepare a mini-poster for a shared session.

Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by at least two different reviewers, and the results of the call for abstracts will be
communicated via email within a week of the submission deadline.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Abstracts will be accepted until
September 18th, 2018, 11:59 p.m. No late submissions will be accepted for review.

To submit an abstract, please visit the following link: Submission Form

For queries regarding the Symposium, contact the Event Coordinator, Astrid Escrig (

By public transport
There are many transit options to York University’s Keele campus; the two new TTC subway stations on campus have enhanced
access and expanded our connections across the GTA. Several buses and transit companies are routed through the campus or
have express services to York. For specific information visit:
By car
The campus is located west of Keele Street, north of Finch Avenue, east of Jane Street and south of Steeles Avenue. Detailed
driving directions can be found here:
Visitor parking is available in the Student Services Parking Garage (#84 on map). Entrance to the parking garage is located
on James Gillies Street. Parking Cost: $2.50/half-hour $20.00 maximum.
YorkU Campus Map
York University
We recommend that guests stay at the Executive Learning Centre (ELC). Located on York University’s Keele campus in Toronto,
the ELC is a world-class modern learning facility with a self-contained 11-storey hotel. Executive Learning Centre Schulich
School of Business 56 Fine Arts Road York University, 4700 Keele Street Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 Website:
Phone Number: 416-650-8300 Reservations Email:
Downtown Toronto
Downtown Toronto offers many accommodation options for all budgets and tastes. We recommend booking as early as possible
to avoid higher rates, and staying close to St. George Subway Station, in The Annex, as it has direct access to both subway
lines, facilitating the commute to York University, to Union Station, and to the airport. There are many Bed and Breakfasts
in this central neighbourhood, and you can also check popular sites such as Airbnb.
For questions regarding the Symposium, please contact the Event Coordinator: Astrid Escrig (
The Symposium is sponsored by: CCQHR, the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, the Faculty of Health at York
University, and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Thank you for the generous contributions in expertise and time of the members of the Planning and Scientific Committees
(in alphabetical order).
Planning Committee:

Andrea Carson
Astrid Escrig Pinol
Denise Gastaldo
Jennifer Ferdinands
Sarah Flicker

Scientific Committee:

Astrid Escrig Pinol
Brenda Gladstone
Dawn Trussell
Marcia Facey
Margaret Schneider
Monica Gagnon
Sarah Flicker
Sarah Switzer



Oct 12 2018


8:30 am - 4:30 pm


York University @ 4700 Keele St, North York, ON M3J 3T8, Canada
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