Annabella Cant 2013

Dr. Annabella Cant

BA Teacher Education (Gheorge Lazar College), BA Pedagogy (Babes Bolyai University), MA (SFU), PhD Curriculum Theory and Implementation (SFU)

Instructor - ECCE

Annabella received her PhD from Simon Fraser University in the Curriculum Theory and Implementation program with her work : Unswaddling Pedagogies; Imagining a new beginning to the practice of Imaginative Education. She is a graduate sessional instructor and Associate Director of the Imaginative Education Research Group at Simon Fraser University where she had been involved with Imaginative Education since 1999. Upon completion of her Master’s Degree at SFU, she initiated and managed childcare centres and kindergartens in Europe between 1999 and 2010 (humanitarian early childhood educational centers for children ages 2 to 7) and initiated and co-chaired an educational charity. Annabella's newest publication (September, 2017) is the sole-authored Unswaddling Pedagogy, described by the renowned Dr. Kieran Egan as outlining  "a new approach that challenges many of the taken-for-granted assumptions of present educational practice.

Annabella is the initiator and manager of the Journal of Childhoods and Pedagogies - the online journal of the ECCE department of Capilano University. The journal is dedicated to valuable pedagogical work of students and educators alike. She is a voting member of the Senate Curriculum Committee, and the Dean's Advisory Committee at Capilano University.

Her areas of interest include: unswaddling pedagogies; Somatic Understanding within the Imaginative Education philosophy; wonder and its pedagogical value in education; inclusive practices in ECCE; imaginative teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels; faculty learning communities



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In 2010 Annabella was awarded with the Arthur & Ancie Fouks Graduate Entrance Award in Public Service, in 2011 with a Graduate Fellowship (PhD), and in 2012 with the Dr. M. Sheila O'Connell Graduate Publication Scholarship.

Annabella's Ph.D. thesis - Unswaddling Pedagogy: Imagining a new beginning to the practice of Imaginative Education was nominated in 2017 for the CAGS/Proquest-UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award of Canadian Association for Graduate Studies.



Wonder-full Education – The centrality of wonder to science, mathematics, humanities, and arts teaching (as editor) Routledge and the Taylor & Francis Group (in press); The LiDKit: Resources for Implementing the Learning in Depth Program (as part of the publishing IERG team). Pacific Education Press UBC (in press); Dear Kindergarten Teacher. Thematic Teaching Projects with Narrative Integration of Curricular Content. (Pitesti, Diamant, 2010) and A New Outlook on Preschool Education. The Annabella Method (Cluj-Napoca, Risoprint, 2010).

Unswaddling Pedagogy, 2017, published with KDP, USA.​