Dr Patricia

Dr Patricia McCann

Adjunct Lecturer

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Education

Department of Education

Education 1 Building, Room 336, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

BA , Dip Ed (La Trobe), MEd (La Trobe), PhD (La Trobe)

Role

Honorary

Membership of professional associations

Chair of World Association for person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling

Area of study

Community and outreach education

Brief profile

Dr Tricia McCann is in Education on the Melbourne campus of La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia. Her main teaching and passion focuses on student wellbeing, welfare and how we make meaning of our experience particularly through the lens of the person-centred approach. Tricia coordinates and teaches three subjects within the Master coursework program: "Communication and Interpersonal Skills', 'At Risk Students: critical considerations' and Person-Centred Approach for Teaching and Nursing'. She also coordinates the 'Student Welfare Method' in the Graduate Diploma in Education (secondary) and 'Understanding Self and Others' in the Bachelor of Teaching in Community and Outreach Education. She also coordinates the Bachelor of Teaching (Outreach and Community Education).

As an early career researcher she is continuing research developed from her Ph D study entitled,' A Theatre of the Observed: a study of adolescent meaning making'. This study plotted the journey of  student within a school based, person-centred Advocacy Program. For this thesis Tricia was awarded the 2009 Stewart Frazer Exemplary Thesis Award. 

She is a Chief Investigator on the ARC Linkage Grant ' Engaging Adolescents in schooling: a longitudinal study of student use of electronic self-assessment tools within advocacy models of support.' This grant is an extension of the thesis research and incorporates web-based questionnaires that encourage students to reflect upon their own strengths in learning. It is also supported by teacher advocacy with a student-centred perspective on learning and well-being. 

She has researched and written in the areas of person-centered teaching, drama in education and adolescent consciousness. Her particular interests are person-centered work, processes of meaning-making, studies of consciousness, and philosophies and psychological theories of learning.  

Recent publications

 

Lewis, R Montuoro, P and McCann P. (2013) 'Self-predicted classroom behaviour without external controls: Imagining a ‘Lord of the Flies’ scenario. Australian Journal of Education. Nov 7, 2013 57(3) 270-291 DOI: 10.1177/0004944113496175

McCann,Tricia and Neville, Bernie Person Centered Teacher-Advocates as culture brokers. In print Person-Centered Journal.

Lewis, R. & McCann, T. 2009 Teaching ‘at risk’ students: Meeting their needs. International Handbook of Research on Teachers and Teaching, p.875-885. L.J Saha, A.G. Dworkin (eds) Springer Science and Business Media.

McCann, Tricia. 2005. Enchanting through fairytales. In Peta Heywood, Tricia McCann, Bernie Neville & Peter Willis (Eds). Towards Re-Enchantment: Education, Imagination and the getting of wisdom. Queensland: Post Pressed.

McCann, Tricia. 2005. Adolescent experience: ‘in over our heads’. In Peta Heywood, Tricia McCann, Bernie Neville & Peter Willis (Eds). Towards Re-Enchantment: Education, Imagination and the getting of wisdom. Queensland: Post Pressed.

McCann, Tricia, 2001.  Rogers revisited: An approach to the listening relationship within the advocacy project. In Sharon Gunn and Andy Begg (Eds) Mind, Body and Society: emerging understandings of knowing and learning. Melbourne: University of Melbourne Press

 

Recent Presentations

2012 Anxiety as dissonance: the growing edge of change. World Association of Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling Conference, Antwerp.

2012 Advocacy: a program for addressing diversity in schools. Paper delivered to Culturally responsive Research and Pegagogy Symposium 2012 University of Waikato, 2012.

2009 ‘I don’t know what they want from me: a student engagement with listening’ International Jean Gebser Society, A conference on the Theoretical Intersections of Jean Gebsers’ Theories and Identity, Civilisation and Consciousness, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York. 

2008 WAPCEPC Conferences 8th PCE Conference Norwich, England, 6-10 July 2008 Present Strengths and Future Challenges University of East Anglia

2003 ‘If only someone would hear’: the many voices of the Advocacy Project. Paper delivered to International “Spirit of Learning Conference” Byron Bay, 27th September –2 Oct, 2003.

Educating in a sacred space: creating an environment for relationship Paper delivered to National Colloquium on Re-enchanting Education, La Trobe University, September 13 and 14th , 2003.

'Paths on the journey: winding, wending and Whitehead' Australian Association for Process Thought Conference, Sept. 1999

Older publications

 

Heywood,P. Carozzi,B. & McCann,T. 1996. Englishworks Collection, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

McCann, Tricia, 2000. Interaction with a grey cat: a personal journey towards an idea.In Peter Willis, Robert Smith & Emily Collins (Eds) Being, Seeking, Telling: expressive approaches to qualitative adult education research. Queensland: Post Pressed.

 Heywood,P., Carozzi,B., & McCann,T. 1996. Englishworks Teacher's Book, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

 McCann , Tricia. 1995. Stories and Learning. In Peta Heywood, Barry Carozzi & Tricia

McCann. Englishworks Student Book, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 McCann , Tricia. 1995. Myths and Legends. In Peta Heywood, Barry Carozzi & Tricia McCann. Englishworks Student Book, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 McCann , Tricia. 1995. Point of View. In Peta Heywood, Barry Carozzi & Tricia McCann. Englishworks Student Book, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Research projects

She was a Chief Investigator on the ARC Linkage Grant ' Engaging Adolescents in schooling: a longitudinal study of student use of electronic self-assessment tools within advocacy models of support.' This grant is an extension of the thesis research and incorporates web-based questionnaires that encourage students to reflect upon their own strengths in learning. It is also supported by teacher advocacy with a student-centred perspective on learning and well-being.