Dr Marie Lavelle
Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies
Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)
- Social justice
- Sure Start children's centres
- Early intervention
- Parental voice
- Child poverty
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Lecturer Early Childhood Studies
My route to Plymouth University has not been a conventional one, along the way I have gathered many wonderful and unforgettable experiences in the world that new parents inhabit as a midwife and working in the Third Sector with a great organisation called Home-Start.
My PhD study used an ethnographic methodology to explore what influences parental participation in two Sure Start Children's Centres. It explored what these new spaces mean, to those who use them, those who work in them, and those who walk by them. It used a Foucauldian perspective to explore the small micro-processes of everyday interactions within Centres to explore how government operates at a distance.
My current research interests focus on intergenerational dialogues of parenting, exploring this from the concept of hindsight.
2005-2007 Masters modules in Social Research Methods and Ethnography, Open University (both awarded with Distinction, study suspended until completion of my PhD)
2005 BSc (Hons) Social Science and Psychology (First class), Open University
1997 PGDip Health Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University
1989 Registered Midwife
1986 Registered Nurse
Roles on external bodies
2015 External Examiner Herts University
My teaching commitments reflect my desire to remain connected to my health and social care professional heritage, whilst at the same time expanding my interest in sociology of childhood and the critiquing of the various perspectives and theoretical positions that are offered in the study of children and childhoods.
Staff serving as external examiners
External examiner at University of Hertfordshire
My PhD study is an ethnographic exploration of what influences parental particpation in Sure Start Children's Centres. The study takes a wide perspectival lens to analyse everyday micro social-interactions and practices in two Children's Centres in order to gain a deeper understanding of the issues that parents and these new institutions face in encourgaing access.
2007 Devon County Council Research into Practice Conference, 'It's the little things that matter: an ethnographic study of two Children's Centres'.
2008 International Child and Youth Research Network Conference, Nikosia. 'Children's Centres, improving outcomes for children: the challenge of encouraging participation. Challenging dominant discourses - my first journey into 'troubling' waters'.
2008 Oxford Research Methods Festival Poster Presentation
2009 Invited lecture - E-map Conference, Earls Court London, 'Performance The challenge of encouraging participation: A researcher’s perspective'.
2009 University of Leicester, International Postgraduate Conference, 'Making a difference: the (un)intended consequences of doing research in the ‘real’ world'.
2010 University of Plymouth Methods Conference, 'Exploring the use of qualitative outcome measures in Children’s Centres' with Verity Campball-Barr and Karen Wickett.
2010 Methods Conference, University of Plymouth 'Exploring processes: Creating a storm in a tea cup?'
2011 European Sociological Association Conference, Geneva, 'Turbulence in a Tea Cup: Sure Start Children's Centres governing families at a distance' .
2012 International Child and Youth Research Network Conference, Preston. ‘Freedom to ‘be yourself': Understanding participation andnon-participation in Sure Start Children’s Centres’
2014 Plymouth Instituteof Education Workforce Development Conference
2014 ECERAConference, Crete, 'From professional to teacher: thecontinued metamorphosis of the early years worker and From professional to teacher: the continued metamorphosis of theearly years worker'
2015 ECERA Conference, Barcelona, 'Parenting in hindsight'
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