Faculty and Staff

Patricia (Tricia) Lirette

Assistant Professor
Chair, Department of Human Services and Early Learning

 

PhD (Alberta)

7-154K, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-497-5171

Biography

Patricia Lirette is a faculty member in the Early Learning and Child Care Program at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She holds a PhD in Educational Policy Studies, a 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.

She is interested in early learning and child care policy and the image of the young child in policy. 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 the world renowned system of municipal preschools and continues to wrestle with the provocations and implications that arose from these tours and to help others make meaning of the Reggio philosophy in our own context. She is deeply interested in exploring images of the child in public policy.

She was the chair of the annual MacEwan Child Care Conference from 1995 to 2010. In January 2012, she received a 25 year long service award from MacEwan University.

Recently she has been a research team member and a steering committee member of the Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Provincial Curriculum Framework Development Project.

Prior to joining the ELCC faculty, she was the executive director of a nonprofit child care centre and was an educator in a variety of settings serving preschool and school age children and their families.

 

Expertise
Family centred practice, out of school care, early learning and child care policy, child care accreditation, curriculum development

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Healthy Environments
  • Family Centred Practice
  • Family and Community Issues
  • School Age Care and Development
  • Theories of Early Learning
  • Early Childhood Curriculum

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Makovichuk, L., Hewes, J., Lirette, P., & Thomas, N. (2018). Flight: Alberta’s early learning and care framework. Edmonton, AB: Authors. Available at www.Flightframework.ca

Lirette, P., & Hewes, J. (2018, October 18). Gathering as a community of learners. Paper presented at the 26th Annual Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education Conference (RECE). Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Makovichuk, L., Lirette, P., Aamot, B., & Hewes, J. (2017). Playing, early learning and meaning making: Early childhood curriculum unfolding. Alberta Teachers Association, Early Childhood Education Council (ECEC), 44(2), 3–10.

Whitty, P., Rose, S., Hewes, J., Lirette, P., & Makovichuk, L. (2017, May 31). Meeting places: Creating pedagogical possibilities of everyday encounters. Paper presented at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) Conference, Annual Conference, Toronto, ON.

Grove, A., & Lirette, P. (2013). Children and citizenship. In R. Langford & A. De Santo (Eds.), Leading the way: Recognizing the role of early learning lab schools in Canadian universities and colleges. (pp. 23–28). Available at http://www.ryerson.ca/ecs

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • Child Development Branch, Alberta Ministry of Children’s Services Grant, 2018–2019. Lirette, P., & Makovichuk, L. Phase 5-Play, Participation and Possibilities: Building Foundational Knowledge Expansion. 
  • Child Development Branch, Alberta Ministry of Children’s Services Grant, 2016–2018. Lirette, P., & Makovichuk, L. Phase 4-Play, Participation and Possibilities: Building Foundational Knowledge. 
  • Alberta Education Grant, 2015–2017. Hewes, J., Makovichuk, L., & Lirette, P. Play, Participation and Possibilities: An Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework for Alberta: Models of Practice to Support Transitions and Continuity between Preschool and School.
  • Child Development Branch, Alberta Ministry of Human Services Grant, 2015–2016. Hewes, J., Makovichuk, L., Lirette, P., & Thomas, N. Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework Development Phase 3-Light House Models Extension. 
  • Child Development Branch, Alberta Ministry of Human Services Grant, 2014–2015. Hewes, J., Makovichuk, L., Lirette, P., & Thomas, N. Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework Development Phase 2-Light House Models. 
  • Child Development Branch, Alberta Ministry of Human Services Grant, 2012–2014. Hewes, J., Makovichuk, L., Lirette, P., & Thomas, N. Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework Development. 

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Member of the Canadian Child Day Care Federation (CCCF)
  • Child care Advocacy Association of Canada (CAYC)
  • Member of Vanier Institute of the Family (VIF)
  • Member of Public Interest Alberta (PIA)

Boards / Committees

  • Faculty of Health and Community Studies, Faculty Council Executive member, 2016–present
  • FHCS Research Committee member, 2016–present