Faculty & Staff

Carolyn Bjartveit, PhD, CDS

Academic title: Assistant Professor

Office: T377
Email: cbjartveit@mtroyal.ca
Phone: 403.440.6214

PhD, University of Calgary
MEd, University of Calgary
BSc, University of Toronto


Carolyn worked as an early childhood educator in community preschool settings prior to teaching Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) diploma and degree courses at Bow Valley College and Mount Royal University. She has also instructed Bachelor of Education and graduate-level courses in Early Childhood Education (ECE) at the University of Calgary. Her doctoral research was focused on the topics of teaching and learning and the complex intersections between the self (of students and educators) and the curriculum in culturally diverse post-secondary classrooms. Carolyn's research was published in the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, the Journal of Applied Hermeneutics and Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. She is currently coordinating the ELCC major in the Bachelor of Child Studies degree program in the Department of Child Studies and Social Work. Carolyn is a pedagogical partner and supports early childhood educators who are implementing Alberta's Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework.

Areas of Instruction

  • Curriculum Planning
  • Learning through Play
  • Mental Health Interventions  (Children and Youth)  
  • Contemporary Issues in Child Studies
  • Community-Based Research and Evaluation

Areas of Scholarship

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Multimodal Literacy
  • Cultural Studies
  • Popular Culture Studies

Selected Publications

Bjartveit, C., Smey Carston, C., Baxter, J., Hart, J., Greenidge, C. (2019). The Living Wall: Implementing and Interpreting Working Documentation in Specialized Early Learning and Child Care Settings. Journal of Childhood Studies 44(2)

Bjartveit, C. & Kinzel, C. (2018). Navigating Power and Subjectivity: Cultural Diversity and Transcultural Curriculum in Early Childhood Education, Journal of Childhood Studies 44(1)

Bjartveit, C. & Panayotidis, L. (2017). Transforming Early Childhood Educators’ Conceptions of ‘Dark Play’ and Popular Culture. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 18(2), 114-126.

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

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.

Selected Presentations

Bear Chief, R., Bjartveit, C., Wiart Jenkinson (2020). The Relevance of Blackfoot Creation Stories in the Institutional Landscape of Learning. IFSW International Social Work Conference,  Calgary,  Canada (July 15 – 18) / Online

Bjartveit, C. (2018). The Living Wall: Implementing and Interpreting Working Documentation in Inclusive Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Settings. CAYC National Conference, Edmonton, Canada (April 28).

Bjartveit, C. (2017). Digital Play: Embracing pop-culture and creative storytelling in the virtual Early Childhood Education adult classroom. International Play Association (IPA) Triennial World Conference, Calgary, Canada (September).

Bjartveit, C. & Kinzel, C. (2017). Cultural Diversity and Transcultural Curriculum in Early Learning and Child Care: Establishing a Professional Learning Community Model in Alberta, CAREC Post-CSSE Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada (June 1)

Bjartveit, C. (2017). Learning through Play: A Key Concept in the Alberta Curriculum Framework. AFCCA 9th Annual Breath of Fresh Air Conference, Calgary, Canada (November 4).

Relevant Community Service

  • Pedagogical Partner: Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework Project
  • Board Member: Mount Royal University Child Care Centre