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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Dr Marie Lavelle is a Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the Plymouth Institute of Education. Playing in spaces of temporal entanglements, her research has focused on parenting and more recently grand/mothering in the (post)Anthropocene and how 'Greying Comes to Matter in the Academy'. Encounters with critical new materialism, post-humanist philosophies and members of the AiPH group have encouraged bravery to wander without a map and to gaze without a focus.
My route to the University of Plymouth 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 an essential organisation called Home-Start.
PhD Education, University of Plymouth (2011), 'A Sociological Investigation of Sure Start Children's Centres; Understanding Parental Participation'.
BSc(Hons) First Class, Social Science with Psychological Studies, The Open University (2005)
Post-graduate Diploma in Health Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University (1996)
Registered Nurse Manchester Royal Infirmary (1986)
Roles on external bodies
Journal reviewer – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, Children and Society, Children’s Geography’s and Research, Early Years.
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
2020-21: 'Connecting Communities', with Drs Karen Wickett and Louise Webber. UoP, Research Pump-priming, £2179.20.
2019 RECE Conference, Copenhagen, 'Sure Start Children’s Centres: ten years of austerity'.
2008 Oxford Research Methods Festival Poster Presentation.
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Currently Supervising (PhD and EdD)
An exploration into the relationships young children make in their early years setting.
A critical investigation using facet methodology to identify children’s (3-4 years old) perceptions and expressions of learning and how this might relate to the entanglement of existing philosophical concepts within early childhood education and care (ECEC).
How does evidence influence teachers enactment of the Pupil Premium strategy?
Curriculum becoming dragon.
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Lavelle, M. (2022) 'Teaching in a pandemic; a post-humanist pause' Thinking Education, https://plymthinked.wordpress.com/2022/01/11/marie-lavelle-teaching-in-the-shadow-of-a-pandemic-a-post-humanist-pause/