Critical Pedagogies Symposium on Teaching and Learning Qualitative Health Research

October 12, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
York University
4700 Keele St
North York, ON M3J 3T8
Professionals (including post-docs): $65.00 CAD | Graduate students: $25.00 CAD

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.

8:30am 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  PARALLEL SESSIONS
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  PARALLEL SESSIONS
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 PARALLEL SESSIONS

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.


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