Laurie Kocher

Dr. Laurie Kocher

BA (UBC), PDP (UBC), MA (U.Vic), PhD (University of Southern Queensland

Programme Coordinator - ECCE

Laurie Kocher has been teaching at Capilano University since 2016.  She has taught previously at Douglas College and UBC.  Much of her career has been spent engaging with children and families in various “educational” contexts, including public kindergarten.

Laurie navigates between the worlds of academia and practice, always with a desire to bring the two together, and cares deeply about being with children in outdoor spaces.  Her academic background includes doctoral work focused on the pedagogical project of Reggio Emilia, with particular interest in narrative and visual practices of pedagogical documentation.  She also co-edits the Journal of Childhood Studies.

Laurie’s home borders the unceded territories of the Tsleil Waututh (“People of the Inlet”) First Nation, in North Vancouver, Canada. 










Kocher, L. (2017). In Fleet, A., Patterson, C., Robertson, J. (Eds.). Pedagogical Documentation in Early Years Practice: Seeing Through Multiple Perspectives.  Sage Publishing.

Pacini-Ketchabaw, V., Kind, S., & Kocher, L. (2016).  Encounters with Materials.  Routledge.

Kocher, L. (2015).  In Millikan, J., & Giamminuti, S. Documentation and the Early Years Learning Framework: Dialogue Between Reggio Emilia and Australia. Pademelon Press.

Pacini-Ketchabaw, V., Nxumalo, F., & Kocher, L. (2015).  Journeys in curriculum: Complexifying early childhood education practices.  University of Toronto Press.

Kocher, L., & Pacini-Ketchabaw, V. (2014). Special Issue: Materiality.  International Journal of Child, Youth, and Family Studies.

Pacini-Ketchabaw, V., Kind, S., & Kocher, L. (2012).  Encounters with Materials.  Annual American Educational Research Association Conference Proceedings.

Kocher, L. (2011).  Passion and Phenomenology in Practicing Pedagogical Documentation.  In L. Abawi (Ed.). Creating Connections in Teaching and Learning. Information Age Publishing.  

Kocher, L. (2010).  Building Alliances with Families Through Sharing Pedagogical Narrations.  In V. Pacini-Ketchabaw (Ed.), Rhythms, Flows, and Intensities of Early Childhood Education.  Peter Lang Publishing. 

Kocher, L. (2009).  Setting Our Little Sails.  In L. Iannacci and P. Whitty (Eds.), Early Childhood Curricula: Reconceptualist Perspectives. Destelig Enterprises.

Kocher, L, & Pacini-Ketchabaw, V. (2009). Rhizomatic Stories of Immanent Becomings and Intra-Activity: Professional Development Reconceptualized.  In L. Iannacci and P. Whitty, (Eds.), Early Childhood Curricula: Reconceptualist Perspectives.  Destelig Enterprises.  

Kocher, L. (2006). The Disposition to Document.  In A. Fleet, C. Patterson, & J. Robertson (Eds.), Insights: Behind Early Childhood Pedagogical Documentation.  Pademelon Press.