EDST 498 I: Who Is the Self That Teaches?: Increasing Well-Being Through Self-Knowledge

July 5 – July 22 (Monday to Thursday)  |  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


This course will focus on how educators can increase their overall personal and professional well-being through fostering a greater capacity for self-knowledge. Participants will learn about some of the theoretical frameworks and practical approaches for cultivating a greater sense of self-knowledge in relation to increased well-being. By focusing on the research around self-understanding (self-awareness, emotional intelligence, social intelligence, how we story our lives, et cetera) and by blending a theoretical framework with practical skills and strategies for cultivating a greater sense of well-being through increased self-knowledge, participants will gain valuable insight into their own personal and professional selves. This focus dovetails with a secondary objective of helping the participants foster a greater sense of self-knowledge and overall well-being for their own students, as outlined in the BC Ministry of Education’s core competency of personal and social responsibility. This course aims to weave together theory and practice through both individual self-reflection and group conversation/learning in relation to the development of self-knowledge for greater well-being.

By the end of this course, participants will

  • learn about several theoretical frameworks around well-being and self-knowledge.
  • engage in conversations and learning experiences that serve to develop a greater capacity for self-knowledge.
  • explore the similarities and differences between child and adult development of self as a way to foster personal and professional growth for both themselves and their students.
  • gain practical tools for increased well-being through self-knowledge that will be applicable not only to their own lives but also the lives of their students.
  • learn about increased well-being through self-knowledge through actively engaging in learning experiences that promote this.

Adrian Zuyderduyn

Adrian Zuyderduyn has been an educator within the Central Okanagan Public Schools since 2000.  Having taught both middle and secondary school for 16 years, he then transitioned into a school leadership role as an elementary school vice-principal, his current position.  Adrian completed his Master of Arts under the guidance of Dr. Sabre Cherkowski, researching how school leaders might explore their inner landscape in community; finding a passion for this field of research, he intends to pursue a doctoral degree in this area.  Adrian is part of a number of committees within the Central Okanagan Public Schools, particularly around personal and professional wellness, along with the school district’s work regarding the Equity in Action Agreement and its focus on anti-racism.  Adrian is the father of two teenage girls, one with special needs, and they are his inspiration for growing as both a person and a school leader.  Adrian loves the outdoors and spends his summers in wide open spaces.  As someone who loves rich conversation around meaningful topics, Adrian is very much looking forward to engaging with the participants in this course.

How to register

To register for courses, please visit the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2021 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at through the Non-Degree Access Studies Application.

Please note: There is no option for “May 2021 – Aug. 2021 .” You will need to apply for “Sept. 2021 – Dec. 2021”, and indicate in the question “Please tell us why you are applying to take courses at UBC through Non Degree Studies” that you are applying for the Summer Institute in Education and list the course(s) and dates. If you require assistance, please email sie.education@ubc.ca

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2021 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.