Perspectives on current issues in teaching and learning. Hosted through the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. Bi-weekly episodes.

This week’s episode is a reflective one, where we talk about the importance of teacher inquiry and the examination of teaching practices. In fact, it’s not a bad thing in any profession to reflect on the way you do things, see how others do them, and seek to improve your own practices.

Dave talks to Dr. Tony Clarke, a professor in the Curriculum & Pedagogy department here in the Faculty of Education. Dave and Tony touch on self-inquiry among educators as the central principle of Investigating Our Practices(IOP), a conference held here each May.

Tony demystifies the academic conference experience, discussing how IOP makes newcomers feel comfortable, how it’s more collaborative than traditional conferences, and what makes it fun. Listeners can also gain some insight into developing their presentation proposals (accepted until Feb. 24, 2012, despite Dave saying February 20 in the episode itself).

In addition to that, we give you a heads-up on some new off-campus Master of Education cohorts, tease you with some summer activities that you may want to consider, and tell you about an opportunity to win a $50 gift card from the UBC Bookstore!

Finally, what would a reflective episode be without a brief discussion of Bill Murray, Groundhog Day, play-off beards, and zombies? A not very reflective one, that’s what!

We’d love your feedback on anything. Period. Who knows? Maybe we’ll even read it on the air. Email us at

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts, and not necessarily the views of either EPLT or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

Down the Hall – Episode 28 (27:14) - February 3, 2012


00:11 – Introduction

04:49 – Interview – The Importance of Teacher Inquiry

Interview with Dr. Tony Clarke

22:13 – What’s Happening in EPLT

To access all of the links mentioned in the podcast, please go to our blog page.


Our theme  music: “The Pharaos Theme” by The Pharaos through a Creative Commons license

Bumper music:

Selection 1: “Rich Man’s Money” by The Rhythm Hounds

Selection 2: ”Snake Skin Blues” by Dickey F

Next episode will be posted on Friday, February 17, 2012

Direct download: Down_the_Hall_-_Episode_28.mp3
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