‘IT BE­CAME MY LAN­GUAGE’: B.C. TEACHER COM­PLETES THE­SIS IN COMIC-BOOK FORM

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A Bri­tish Columbia teacher has doo­dled her way to a mas­ter’s de­gree by cre­at­ing a 236page the­sis in comic- book form.

The colour­ful man­u­script — the first of its kind in Canada, ac­cord­ing to Si­mon Fraser Uni­ver­sity — is an au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal look at Meghan Parker’s ex­pe­ri­ence as an arts teacher in the pub­lic school sys­tem. She will be re­ceiv­ing her mas­ter’s de­gree in ed­u­ca­tion later this month.

Parker said telling her story through comics meant she could put her­self in the draw­ings, help­ing her ques­tion and ex­plore her own ex­pe­ri­ences.

“It be­came my lan­guage,” she said about comics — and af­ter draw­ing them for more than two years, she be­came pro­fi­cient at it. The words and draw­ings in her the­sis draw from her ex­pe­ri­ence teach­ing art.

Parker says she used the comics to ex­plain why arts ed­u­ca­tion is “crit­i­cally im­por­tant.” Read her ap­proach at thes­tar.com/vancouver

COUR­TESY MEGHAN PARKER

Meghan Parker’s the­sis in comic-book form comes from her ex­pe­ri­ences.

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