The Noise of Walking


  • Twyla Salm U of Regina
  • Lace Marie Brogden Laurentian


ableism, co-constructed autoethnography, curriculum, walking


Walking pedagogies provide opportunities for embracing diversity, at the same time that they honour a relationship with the Earth. As such, they can be used to encourage learners and curriculum makers to attune to their surroundings. Walking and writing together, though from disparate geographical locations, we provoke critical reflections on ableism through walking pedagogies. Inspired by our surroundings, we explicate and query curriculum experiences and the pedagogical reflections that accompany them/us, holding space for (dis)abilities. Co-constructed poetries frame our autoethnographic engagements with theory and practice. We offer two ways walking pedagogies may be engaged to disrupt ableism: walking to “disorient the norm” (Parrey, 2020) in the first instance, and moving as listening in the second. Through these disruptions to ableist discourses, we attend to ongoing circumstances of curriculum-making, attuning to the noise of walking in nature, where some have unrestricted access, some have partial access and some have no access at all.

Author Biographies

Twyla Salm, U of Regina

Twyla Salm, Ph.D., is full professor and Associate, Research & Graduate Programs, in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina. Her research focuses on teaching and learning in higher education, with specific interests in developing the professional educator, mentoring, health curriculum change, and interprofessional collaboration.

Lace Marie Brogden, Laurentian

Lace Marie Brogden, Ph.D., currently serves as Dean of Education at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. Her research interests include language teacher education, negotiating subjectivities, social justice in education, and autoethnography as method.