Two Voices on Aboriginal Pedagogy: Sharpening the Focus


  • Shirley Rochelle Turner Simon Fraser University
  • Shannon Carolyn Leddy Simon Fraser Univesity


Aboriginal education, Aboriginal pedagogy, art education, science education, secondary education, teacher education.


This paper is the story of the authors’ paths to the shared realization that the strategies and epistemological underpinnings of Aboriginal education need to move out of the margins and into the centre of education in Canada, not only for Aboriginal students, but for all students. Between August, 2010 and April of 2012, the authors were seconded for two years from their Vancouver classrooms to work as Faculty Associates in the teacher preparation program at Simon Fraser University. There we came face to face with the British Columbia Teacher Regulation Branch’s mandate that Aboriginal education courses must be taught to pre-service teachers. Part of our job was to cultivate strategies using Aboriginal pedagogy to inform pre-service teachers’ developing practice and ways of communicating with their students. Here we describe how, after returning to our school district, we changed our teaching practices through actualizing Aboriginal pedagogy.

Author Biographies

Shirley Rochelle Turner, Simon Fraser University

Shirley Turner is a PhD Candidate at Simon Fraser University. She teaches science and ecology with the Vancouver School Board.

Shannon Carolyn Leddy, Simon Fraser Univesity

Shannon Leddy is a PhD student at Simon Fraser University, and teaches Art and Social Studies with the Vancouver School Board.




How to Cite

Turner, S. R., & Leddy, S. C. (2016). Two Voices on Aboriginal Pedagogy: Sharpening the Focus. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 14(2), 53–65. Retrieved from