Dr. Patrick Lewis

Professor - Early Childhood Education
Chair, Elementary Program

Office: ED 248
E-mail: Patrick.Lewis@uregina.ca
Phone: 306-585-4608
Fax: 306-585-4880

Research interests

My area of teaching and research interests cut across several landscapes including but not limited to:

  • Early literacy
  • Play, Art and Narrative in Early Learning
  • Storytelling, Autoethnography, and Narrative Inquiry
  • Spirituality of Play
  • Treaty Education
  • Phenomenology
  • Hermeneutics

Areas of Expertise and Academic Work

I work in Early Childhood Education and Early Elementary Education in the area of Pre-kindergarten to grade four. I am interested in the relationship between play, art and narrative. However, my work with story, art and play takes me across a variety of landscapes of inquiry.

I am also Editor-in-chief of the Faculty of Education's journal, in education.

Academic Qualifications

PhD University of Queensland Graduate School of Education, Brisbane, Australia, 2000

MA (Curriculum Studies)
Faculty of Education University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Canada, 1995

Professional Teaching Certificate
Multicultural Teacher Education Program, Faculty of Education University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, 1987

BA
(Political Science, Minor: History) Faculty of Social Sciences University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 1983

Biographical Information

I joined the Faculty of Education in the Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education in 2004. Prior to joining the Faculty I was an elementary teacher in B.C.

Professional Experience

2008–present Associate Professor
Faculty of Education, Early Childhood Education
University of Regina

2004-2008 Assistant Professor
Faculty of Education, Early Childhood Education
University of Regina

2001–2004 Vice-Principal, McKenzie Elementary School
Victoria, B.C. Grade 6/7 classroom

1998–2001 Primary Teacher, Saltspring Elementary
Saltspring Island, Grade 2/3; Grade 3/4

1997–1998 Primary Teacher, Fulford School
Saltspring Island, Grade 1/2 primary classroom

1992–1996 Primary/Elementary Teacher, Pender Islands School
Grade 3/4 classroom; Grade7/8 Drama and Social Studies;
Grade 3/4 classroom; Grade 6/7/8 Drama; Grade 1/2/3 classroom;
Grade 2/3 and 7 Fine Arts; Grade 4/5 classroom

1990–1992 Curriculum Developer & Writer
Secondment Position, British Columbia Ministry of Education. Distance Education Branch Developing and writing K-3 Primary Modules for Distance Learning

1987–1990 Primary Teacher Pender Islands School Grade 1/2

Courses taught in the past 5 years

ECE 425: Contemporary Perspectives in ECE

ECE 200: Orientation to Teaching Children in the Early School Years (Pre-K to 5)

ECE 435: Curricular Implications of Play

ECS 410: Assessment and Evaluation

EC&I 811: Current Issues and Research in Early Childhood Education

EC&I 812: Assessing Experiential Learning

EC&I 813: Play and Learning

EC&I 814: Critical Perspectives on Preschool Education

EC&I 808: Instruction: Theory and Practice

Early Childhood Education Summer Institute 2011 (offered alternate years )

Research projects and interests

2011 SSHRC Insight Development Grant: Storying Treaties and the Treaty Relationship: Enhancing Treaty Education through Digital Storytelling with Drs. Alec Couros, Jennifer Tupper & Ken Montgomery

2010 IPP Pilot Project. SIDRU funded research project. Collaboration with Xia Ji, Carol Fulton & Janice Huber. Working with small group of interns and cooperating teachers to pilot and develop a new holistic internship placement profile. This work began in September 2009 and will continue through 2011.

2009 SCEP: A Quantitative Analysis. SIDRU funded research project with research assistant Stacey Shand. Study analyzed the outcomes for children participating in the SCEP Centre Programming. Final report December 2009.

Links to some research:

http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=319

My area of teaching and research interests cut across several landscapes including but not limited to:

  • Early literacy
  • Play, Art and Narrative in Early Learning
  • Storytelling, Autoethnography, and Narrative Inquiry
  • Spirituality of Play
  • Treaty Education
  • Phenomenology
  • Hermeneutics

Graduate student research

I work with both MEd and PhD students in the Curriculum and Instruction. If you are interested in pursuing graduate level studies in Early Childhood, please contact me directly. I am also involved in supporting graduate students whose interests and work travel outside the Early Childhood area.

Publications, research reports, and presentations (last five years)

Editor-in-Chief

in education is a peer-reviewed, open access journal based in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina, in Saskatchewan, Canada. The journal has been in existence since 1993, but published its first issue as an online journal in December of 2009. http://ineducation.ca/

Editorial Board Member

Qualitative Inquiry SAGE journals

Canadian Children: Journal of the Canadian Association for Young Children

Books, Chapters and Journal Articles

Lewis, P. (2015). The three R’s remembering, revisiting, and reworking: How we think, but not in school. In N. Denzin & M. Giardina (Eds.), Qualitative Inquiry and the Politics of Research. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Lewis, P.J., Montgomery, H.M., Campbell, C.C., Ritenburg, H., Diversi, M. (2014). Initiating a New Story, introduction to special issue of International Review of Qualitative Research (IRQR), 6(4).

Couros, A., Lewis, P., Montgomery, K., Tupper, J., Hildebrandt, K., & Naytowhow, J. (2014). Storying Treaties and the Treaty Relationship: Enhancing Treaty Education through Digital Storytelling. International Review of Qualitative Research (IRQR), 6(4).

Lewis, P. and Adeney, R. (2014) Narrative Inquiry. In J. Mills and M. Birks (Eds). Qualitative Research – A practical guide. London, UK: SAGE.

Lewis, P. J. (2012). The Child, Childhood and School. In Michael O’Laughlin (Ed.). Psychodynamic Perspectives on Working with Children, Families and Schools. Published by both Jason Aronson and Rowman & Littlefield.

Lewis, P. J. (2011). Feeling Special and Feeling Lousy. In L. Watson & S. Woods (Eds.). Go Where You Belong: Male Teachers as Cultural Warriors in the Lives of Children, Families, and Communities. Rotterdam, NL: Sense Publishers.

Lewis, P. J. (2011) Storytelling as research/Research as storytelling. Qualitative Inquiry 17(6), 505-510..

Lewis, P. J. (2011) Collage Journaling with Pre-service Teachers: A readers’ theatre in one ^ act Collage. International Review of Qualitative Research, 4(1), 51-58.

2009 Challenges Bequeathed: Taking up the Challenges of Dwayne E. Huebner. P. J. Lewis & J. Tupper (Eds.) Rotterdam, NL: Sense Publishers.

2009 Who in this culture speaks out for children and youth? In P. J. Lewis & J. Tupper (Eds.). Challenges Bequeathed: Taking up the Challenges of Dwayne E. Huebner.(pp.). Rotterdam, NL: Sense Publishers.

2008 A Good Teacher [18 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(2), Art. 41, http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/399/866

2008 Listening and Musing to Grant Kien's "Wireless Mobility and 'Being' Canadian in Toronto" @ QI Congress May 4th, 2006 (with apologies to Grant). Qualitative Inquiry.

2007 How We Think, but not in School: A Storied Approach to Teaching. Rotterdam, NL: Sense Publishers

2006 Stories I Teach Live By. Qualitative Inquiry. Vol. 12 No. 5

2006 Acts of Art. Canadian Children: Journal of the Canadian Association for Young Children. Vol. 31 No. 1

Papers at Conferences

2015 Lewis, P. & Naytowhow, J. Timpahamatowin/Ostisimaw-asinahikan: Researching Teaching Treaty Education 2.0. International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign IL May 19th to 23rd. Indigenous Inquiries track of the Congress.

2015 Formed and Chaired panel, “Narrative and Performance” for International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, May 20th to 23rd, Champaign IL. Title, Why that story and not this one, yes this one here?

2015 Invited panelist “Indigenous methodologies and the construction of new critical qualitative inquiry”, International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, May 20th to 23rd, Champaign IL. Title: What does it mean to be an ally (Part 2)?

2014 Organized and chaired “Narrative Performance” plenary session at the 10th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Also presented in the panel: The three R’s remembering, revisiting, and reworking: How we think, but not in school,  May 21st -24th: Champaign IL.

2014 Organized and chaired sessions at the 10th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry for the Indigenous Inquiries program, Storying Treaties and the Treaty Relationship: Enhancing Treaty Education through Digital Storytelling (Part III). May 21 -24th: Champaign IL.

2014 Invited guest panelist at Tenth Annual International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, “Indigenous methodologies as a way of social transformation”. May 21-24th Champaign IL. Title: What does it mean to be an ally?

2014 Invited to be a panelist on Three Person Panel, Let’s Rethink Childcare: Barriers for Accessing Child Care in Post Secondary Education. Joint initiative between CAUT and the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) to highlight the inadequacy of childcare facilities. March 11th, 2014 at University of Regina.

2013 Organized and chaired Narrative Performance plenary session at the 9th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Also presented in the panel: “Stories from the Classroom”. May 16th -19th, 2013: Urbana IL.

2013 Organized and chaired session at the 9th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry for the Indigenous Qualitative Inquiry program, Storying Treaties and the Treaty Relationship: Enhancing Treaty Education through Digital Storytelling (Part II). May 16th -19th, Champaign IL.

2013 Invited to be part of the Spotlight Session of CSSE June 2nd 2013: Knowledge Mobilization. “Engaging the Past to Contextualize the Present: Digital Storytelling as Historical Understanding” Jennifer Tupper (University of Regina), Alec Couros (University of Regina), Patrick Lewis (University of Regina), Ken Montgomery (University of Regina), Katia Hildebrandt (University of Regina). [in absentia]

2012 Organized and chaired Narrative Performance plenary session at the 8th Qualitative Inquiry Congress. Also presented in the panel: How many stories do I have to tell? May 16-19 Urbana IL.

2012 Organized and chaired panel session at the 8th Qualitative Inquiry Congress for the Indigenous Qualitative Inquiry program, Storying Treaties and the Treaty Relationship: Enhancing Treaty Education through Digital Storytelling. May 16-19 Urbana IL.

2012 The Anticolonial Present is Future Past (Part I) and (Part II). Chaired both panels and also presented in one of the panels: What happened to the Whole Child in Kindergarten: Outcomes replacing Persons? May 16-19, Urbana IL. 8th Qualitative Inquiry Congress.

2012 IT Summit in Saskatoon May 7 and 8, presented same session twice. Storying Treaties and the Treaty Relationship: When Do We Get to Tell Some Stories? Presentation of the SSHRC funded project with Alec Couros, Jennifer Tupper, Ken Montgomery, Storying Treaties and the Treaty Relationship: Enhancing Treaty Education through Digital Storytelling

2012 Panel at AERA SIG-Teachers As Researchers: Symposium A: Male Teachers as Cultural Workers in the Lives of Children, Families and Communities, Sat Apr. 14 12:25 pm–1:55 pm Vancouver Conv. Ctr. West Room 113 Level 1

2011 The Spirituality of Play Part II. Panel session, 19th Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education, London, UK, October 25-29

2011 Disrupting Comfort in Storytelling Research. Panel session, Okana ka-asateki: The view from out here (Part II) at the 7th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, May 19-21.

2011 I'll tell you a story, but I'm not sure that's enough. Plenary Session, Narrative and Performance at the 7th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, May 19-21.

2010 "The Spirituality of Play" CSSE (Canadian Society for Studies in Education), May 29-June 2, Montreal.

2010 "Story telling/Telling story", Plenary Session Narrative and Performance at the 6th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Illinois, May 27-29.

2010 "The War on Play" CACS Pre-conference: Think about and Enacting Curriculum in "Frames of War," Montreal, May 28.

2009 Challenges Bequeathed: Taking up the Challenges of Dwayne Huebner. Panel of authors presenting at the 4th biennial Provoking Curriculum Conference, Ottawa. May 21-22.

2009 Plenary Session: "Narrative and Performance" at the 5th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Illinois, May 22-24.

2009 Storytelling as Research/Research as Storytelling paper presented at CSSE (Canadian Society for Studies in Education), May 25th, Ottawa.

2009 The Write Stuff with Blogging Buddies paper presented at CSSE, May 26th, Ottawa

2008 Digital presentation of research findings of Blogging Buddies project with Kathy Cassidy’s grade one students in Moose Jaw: We Like our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff with Blogging Mentors. K-12 Online Conference October 23rd http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=319

2008 Invited to Plenary Session: "Narratives as Evidence, Stories for Social Justice" at the 4th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Illinois, May 14-17.

2008 "Challenges Bequeathed: Taking up the Challenges of Dwayne Huebner" presented at CSSE, Vancouver, May 31st-June 3rd.

2008 Remembering a Good Teacher, presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education January 5th-8th.

2007 Remembering a Good Teacher, a film/paper at CSSE, May 27th in Saskatoon.

2007 Collage Journaling with Pre-service Teachers. Performative participatory presentation at the 3rd Biennial Provoking Curriculum Conference, Banff Alberta, February 22—24.

2007 Storytelling as Research. Paper presented in Absentia by Dr. Lace Brogden at Third International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, May 4—6.

2006 Storying Teachers’ Past(s). Paper presented at Second International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, May 6,

2006 Storytelling and Artful Responses in the Primary Classroom 4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, January 6—9, 2006

Community Service

Talkin' about School & Society discussion series Informal public discussion series organised by Dr. Marc Spooner and myself, and hosted under the aegis of the Faculty of Education. There are four sessions throughout the school year, two in the autumn and two in the winter semesters. Read more about the upcoming and past topics by clicking on the link.

Storytelling in local Elementary Schools celebrating literacy week annually.

Committee Work

Committee and Program Activities

2014 to 2015 Executive Council University of Regina

2011 to present Elementary Program Chair

2010 to present Undergraduate Program Development Committee (chair)

2010 to present Planning and Priorities Committee

2009 to 2010 Dean’s Advisory Committee for tenure & promotion

2008 to 2010 Chair Program Renewal Committee

2007 to 2010 Professional Development Committee

2007 to 2008 Search committee chair for ECE position.

2006 to 2007 Dean’s Advisory Committee for tenure & promotion

2006 to 2007 Search committee member for two tenure-track positions in Elementary.

2006 to 2008 Alternate/Support Chair Elementary Program

2014 to present Chair of ECE Program.

2004 to 2010 Nominating Committee

2005 to 2007 Chair Research Ethics Board, Faculty of Education

2006 to 2008 Liaison with Steering Committee for Program Renewal