Kathleen Kummen

Dr. Kathleen Kummen

BA, Cert. Ed., M.Ed. (U of M.), PhD (U.Vic), ECE / I/T SN Cert.

Chair - Innovation and Inquiry/Instructor - ECCE


Kathleen Kummen is both an instructor in the Early Childhood Care and Education Program and the Chair, Innovation and Inquiry in Childhood Studies at Capilano University on the unceded territorial lands of the Squamish and Tsleil-Watuth First Nations. She has worked in the field of early years for over twenty-five years holding a variety of positions; including working as an early childhood educator, child life therapist and child care licensing officer. She also is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Education at Western University in London, Ontario.


Kathleen is interested in the real life-worlds that 21st-century children inherit and how these life-worlds are shaped by the legacies of environmental damage, imperial expansion, colonial dispossession and global inequalities. She is particularly interested in developing pedagogies that support student educators in attending to the everyday, complex and contradictory lives of 21st century children. Kathleen is part of the Early Childhood Collaboratory  and the Common Worlds Research Collectives.






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 Hodgins, B. D., Thompson, D., & Kummen, K. (2017). Weavings, walks, and wonderings:

Stories of the liveliness of pedagogical narrations. In A. F. Fleet, C. Patterson, & J. Robertson (Eds.), Pedagogical documentation in early years practice: seeing through multiple perspectives. SAGE Publications

Pacini-Ketchabaw, V., & Kummen, K. (2017). Shifting temporal frames in children’s common worlds in the Anthropocene. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. 17(4), 431-441.

Kummen, K. (2016). Indian Summers and Eskimo Kisses: Racism and Early Childhood Care and Education. The Early Childhood Educator, Fall, 10-11.

Kummen, K. (2014). When matter in the classroom matters: Encounters with race in pedagogical conversations. International Journal of Child, Youth, and Family Studies, 5(4.2), 808-825.

Hodgins, D, Kummen, K., Pacini-Ketchabaw, V., & Thompson, D. (2013). Entangling and reconceptualizing research/practice binaries in laboratory schools in British Columbia. In R. Langford & A. Di Santo (Eds.), Leading the way: Recognizing the role of early learning lab schools in Canadian universities and colleges (pp. 42-48) Retrieved from: http://www.ryerson.ca/ecs