Faculty & Staff


Carolyn Bjarveit


Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Administrative Title:  Early Learning and Child Care Major Coordinator and Field Director

Areas of Instruction:

Early childhood education, learning through play, pedagogical documentation, guidance and planning in ECE.



PhD, University of Calgary
M.Ed., University of Calgary
B.Sc. University of Toronto


Phone : 403.440.6214
E-mail: cbjarveit@mtroyal.ca


Scholarly Interests:

·        Multimodal literacies

·        Media Studies – digital literacy

·        Cultural studies

·        Popular culture studies

·        Early Childhood Education

Professional Community Service Interests:

Research and Scholarly Projects:  Early Childhood Education, Professional Association, Professional Learning Communities, Leadership: coaching and mentoring



Panayotidis, L. & Bjartveit, C. (2016). The Appearance of the Dead: Summoning Ghosts and Conjuring up the Past Through a Virtual Medium. In R. Sawyer & J. Norris (Eds.), Interdisciplinary Reflective Practice Through Duoethnography. Examples for Educators, (pp. 77-99). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Bjartveit, C. & Panayotidis, L. (2017). Transforming early childhood educators’ conceptions of ‘dark play’ and popular culture. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood 18 (2), pp. 114 – 126.

Bjartveit, C. & Panayotidis, L. (2015). Running with Hermes: Imagining and Traversing a Transcultural Curriculum Path in the Post-Secondary Early Childhood Education Classroom. Canadian Children 40 (3), 4-15.

Bjartveit, C. & Panayotidis, E. L. (2014). Practicing Palimpsest: Layering Stories and Disrupting Dominant Western Narratives in Early Childhood Education. Journal of Applied Hermeneutics (pdf on line).

Panayotidis, E. L. & Bjartveit, C. (2014). Historical Thinking, Ghosts and Hauntings: Imagination and the Poetics of Online Learning. Proceedings of the IDEAS: Rising to Challenge Conference 2014 – Werklund School of Education / University of Calgary Institutional Repository, DSpace (http://hdl.handle.net/1880/50602)

Bjartveit, C. & Panayotidis, E. L. (2014). The Rise of the House of Rousseau: Historical Consciousness in the Contemporary ECE Teacher Education Classroom. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing (pdf on line).

Bjartveit, C. & Panayotidis, E. L. (2014). Pointing to Shaun Tan’s The Arrival and Re-imagining Visual Poetics in Research. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 15(3), 245-261.

Bjartveit, C. (2011). Speaking the Language of Nature: Reconceptualizing Early Literacy in Telling the Stories from the Garden. Canadian Children, 36(2), 17-23.

LaGrange, A., Chadwick, J., Mistal, M. & Bjartveit, C. (2010). Encounters with Hermes: Self-study through Hermeneutic Text, (pp. 129-132). Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Self Study of Teacher Education Practices. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University East Sussex, England (pdf on line).

Tarr, P., Bjartveit, C., Kostiuk, L. & McCowan, D. (2009). Supporting Imagination in Play through Pedagogical Documentation: Haunted houses; Fairies and goblins; Pirates and islands. Journal of the Canadian Association for Young Children: Canadian Children, 34(1), 21-28.

Bjartveit, C. (2008). Widening the Lens to Observe Deeper Meanings through Documentation: The Haunted House Project. Journal of the Canadian Association for Young Children: Canadian Children, 33(1), 29-33.