MacEwan University announces 2019 Distinguished Research Award recipient

May 15, 2019 | Society
MacEwan University has announced the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Research Award.

The Dr. Sherrill Brown Distinguished Research Award recognizes faculty members who have made notable contributions to research at MacEwan. This year’s award goes to Dr. Tricia Lirette, an assistant professor in the Early Learning and Child Care program, and chair of the Department of Human Services and Early Learning.

"This award recognizes the importance MacEwan University places on community-based research,” says Dr. Fred McGinn, interim associate vice-president, Research. “Tricia and her team of researchers developed a curriculum framework that will help early learning educators reflect on their practices to shift them from doing what has always been done toward intentional curriculum decision-making. This research was adopted by the Alberta government in 2018 and is utilized as the cornerstone of their subsidized child care program."

The award will be presented at this year’s Spring Convocation in June.

About this year’s recipient

Dr. Tricia Lirette holds a PhD in Educational Policy Studies, an MEd in Adult Education and a BSc in Human Ecology from the University of Alberta. She began her post-secondary education at MacEwan University with an Early Childhood Development Diploma.

Tricia’s areas of expertise include early learning and child care policy, family-centred practice, out-of-school care, child care accreditation and curriculum development. Her dissertation research was entitled The Social Organization of Child Care in Alberta: An institutional ethnography. She has travelled twice to Reggio Emilia, Italy – home of a world-renowned system of municipal preschools. She continues to wrestle with the provocations and implications that arose from those tours, and helps others make meaning of the Reggio philosophy in their own context.

Tricia was the chair of the annual MacEwan Child Care Conference from 1995 to 2010. She has also been a research team member and a steering committee member of the Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Provincial Curriculum Framework Development Project.

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