Critical Friends in Teacher Education: A self-study of the intersection of equity, inclusion, and effective online pedagogy
Abstract: Self-study is a process through which educators examine one’s own practice with the intent of not only improving their practice, but adding to the existing body of knowledge on teaching and learning. This paper discusses how we used self-study to examine the intersectionality of equity, inclusion, and effective online pedagogy in an online Masters program. As a group of critical friends, we engaged in a reflection of practice specifically to examine how we modelled and promoted equity and inclusion in our program. Driven by student survey data and on-going program improvement goals, we reflected on current practice, engaged in critical friends conversation, and sought out professional learning opportunities. We found that there is a clear intersection of equity, inclusion, and effective online pedagogy, but also learned that as individuals we needed to be more explicit in helping others see the connections. We share our own journey but also our insights, so that others may learn about self-study and how to examine and improve their own practice.