Living as Mapmakers

Charting a Course with Children Guided by Parent Knowledge

  • Debbie Pushor

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Parent Knowledge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-5
    2. Pushor Debbie
      Pages 7-20
    3. Pushor Debbie
      Pages 21-41
    4. Lynchuk Melanie
      Pages 43-49
    5. Bronkhorst Suzanne
      Pages 51-64
    6. Fournier Gwyn
      Pages 65-74
  3. Family Stories as Maps of Knowledge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-78
    2. Kerr Kathy
      Pages 79-87
    3. Kobylak Kirsten
      Pages 89-103
    4. Lynchuk Melanie
      Pages 105-113
    5. Ney Kate
      Pages 115-126
  4. Choosing a Map of First Nations and Métis Parent Knowledge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-131
    2. Olson Tarra
      Pages 133-140
    3. Hale Heidi
      Pages 141-150
  5. Being Both Guest and Host in our Mapmaking with Families

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-154
    2. Hocking Kirsten
      Pages 155-167
    3. Hollands Mandy
      Pages 181-194
  6. Living in the Space of Transformation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-197
    2. Dignean Ryan
      Pages 199-209
    3. Dignean Ryan
      Pages 211-225
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 227-231

About this book


While teacher knowledge is well-researched and conceptualized, parent knowledge remains largely unstudied. In response, this book details Pushor’s conceptualization of parent knowledge, the unique knowledge that arises from the lived experiences of being a parent, knowledge that is relational, bodied and embodied, intuitive, intimate, and uncertain. Drawing from her narrative inquiry into parent knowledge, Pushor shares and unpacks the stories of one participant as a way to provide a close up view of the parent knowledge a First Nations father held and used in living with and educating his children. Twelve teachers and parents then put forward their individual and contextual experiences immersed in explorations and use of parent knowledge, attending to the questions, How can what parents know enhance schooling experiences for children? How can parent knowledge, used alongside teacher knowledge, inform decisions made in schools and enhance curricular programming and outcomes for children? 

Using the metaphor of maps … of mapmaking … of living as mapmakers, this book is a storied account of the new practices in which parents and teachers engaged to enable parent knowledge to guide their work with children. It is an honest and vulnerable account of their journeys. The authors puzzle over the complexities and the successes of their work and the resulting impact on children, parents, and teachers. This book is an invitation to educators and parents to consider how to walk alongside one another, using both teacher and parent knowledge, for the benefit of children’s learning and wellbeing.


parent knowledge parent engagement curriculum-making teacher education narrative inquiry

Authors and affiliations

  • Debbie Pushor
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Curriculum StudiesUniversity of SaskatchewanCanada

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