Professor Geoffrey Sherington

PhD(McM), MA(UNSW), BA(Hons)(UNSW)
Professor in History of Education

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 93516290
Fax +61 2 93514580

Biographical details

Former Dean of the Faculty of Education (1997-2003) and then Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (2003), Professor Geoffrey Sherington has been a member of the University of Sydney for over 25 years. Having graduated with Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History from the University of Sydney and then a Master of Arts from the University of New South Wales, he then studied overseas in Canada and England graduating from McMaster University with a Ph D. On return to Australia he was appointed a Lecturer in Education at the University of Wollongong before taking up an appointment at the University of Sydney. After a career as lecturer, senior lecturer and Associate Professor he was appointed to a personal chair in the history of education in 1997 just prior to becoming Dean of the Faculty.Over the past 30 years he has been the author and co-author of 15 books and numerous articles in the history of education. He has been the recipient of a number of competitive research grants. His current interests include the fate of the comprehensive public high school and the history of universities as public institutions.

Research interests

Educational history, sociology and philosophy

  • History of education

Associations

Selected grants

2005

  • The public University in Australasia (1850-1918); Horne J, Sherington G; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
  • The Australian Middle Class and School Choice: A Generational Study of Changing School Participation Patterns, Preferences and Values.; Campbell C, Sherington G; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2000

  • Residualisation, regionalism and the recent history of the state comprehensive high school: 1950-2000; Sherington G, Campbell C; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Large Research Grants (LRG).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Campbell, C., Sherington, G. (2013). The Comprehensive Public High School: Historical Perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Horne, J., Sherington, G. (2012). Sydney the Making of a Public University. Sydney, Australia: The Miegunyah Press.
  • Campbell, C., Proctor, H., Sherington, G. (2009). School Choice: How parents negotiate the new school market in Australia. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.
  • Sherington, G., Georgakis, S. (2008). Sydney University Sport 1852-2007: more than a club. Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Campbell, C., Sherington, G. (2006). The comprehensive public high school: Historical perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Edited Books

  • Campbell, C., Sherington, G. (2007). Going to school in Oceania. Westport: Greenwood Press.

Book Chapters

  • Sherington, G., Hughes, J. (2015). ‘Money Made Us’: A Short History of Government Funds for Australian Schools. In Helen Proctor, Patrick Brownlee, Peter Freebody (Eds.), Controversies in Education: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Policy and Practice, (pp. 157-173). Cham: Springer. [More Information]
  • Horne, J., Sherington, G. (2013). 'Dominion' Legacies: The Australian Experience. In Deryck M Schreuder (Eds.), Universities for a New World: Making a Global Network in International Higher Education, 1913-2013, (pp. 284-307). London: Sage Publications.
  • Horne, J., Sherington, G. (2013). Education. In Alison Bashford, Stuart Macintyre (Eds.), The Cambridge History of Australia: Volume 1: Indigenous and Colonial Australia, (pp. 367-390). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Sherington, G., Hughes, J. (2012). Education. In David Clune, Rodney Smith (Eds.), From Carr to Keneally: Labor in office in NSW 1995-2011, (pp. 138-149). Sydney Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Sherington, G. (2012). Wyndham, Sir Harold Stanley (1903–1988). In Melanie Nolan (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography: L-Z Volume 18 1981-1990, (pp. 643-646). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Sherington, G. (2009). Religious School Systems. In Jupp, James (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Religion in Australia, (pp. 668-676). Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
  • Campbell, C., Sherington, G. (2007). Introduction. In Craig Campbell, Geoffrey Sherington (Eds.), Going to school in Oceania, (pp. 1-8). Westport: Greenwood Press.
  • Sherington, G., Campbell, C. (2007). Middle class formations and the emergence of national schooling: a historiographical review of the Australian debate. In Tolley K (Eds.), Transformations in Schooling: Historical and Comparative Perspectives, (pp. 15-39). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Sherington, G. (2004). Greek Influences At The University Of Sydney. In Steve Georgakis (Eds.), Back to Olympia: The Olympic Games Across Four Millennia 2000-2004, (pp. 61-75). Croydon: Joba Press Pty Ltd.
  • Sherington, G. (2004). Public Commitment And Private Choice In Australian Secondary Education. In Aldrich R (Eds.), Public or Private Education? Lessons from History, (pp. 167-188). London: Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney.
  • Sherington, G. (2001). Assisted English Settlement 1918-1939. In James Jupp (Eds.), The Australian people: an encyclopedia of the nation, its people and their origins, (pp. 59-61). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Sherington, G. (2001). Child Migration. In James Jupp (Eds.), The Australian people: an encyclopedia of the nation, its people and their origins, (pp. 59-61). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Sherington, G. (2001). Fairbridge Child Migrants. In Jon Lawrence & Pat Starkey (Eds.), Child Welfare and Social Action in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: International Perspectives, (pp. 53-81). United Kingdom: Liverpool University Press.
  • Sherington, G. (2001). Settlement 1881-1914. In James Jupp (Eds.), The Australian people: an encyclopedia of the nation, its people and their origins, (pp. 49-52). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Journals

  • Sherington, G. (2016). British academics, liberalism, and the First World War. History of Education Review, 45(2), 198-211. [More Information]
  • Sherington, G. (2012). Contrasting narratives in the history of twentieth century British child migration to Australia: An interpretive essay. History Australia, 9(2), 27-47.
  • Sherington, G., Horne, J. (2010). Empire, State and Public Purpose in the Founding of Universities and Colleges in the Antipodes. History of Education Review, 39(2), 36-51.
  • Horne, J., Sherington, G. (2010). Extending the educational franchise: the social contract of Australia's public universities, 1850-1890. Paedagogica Historica, 46(1-2), 207-227. [More Information]
  • Sherington, G. (2010). From Aries to globalisation in the history of childhood. Paedagogica Historica, 46(1-2), 251-255. [More Information]
  • Sherington, G., Campbell, C. (2009). Education. Sydney Journal, 2(1), 1-21.
  • Campbell, C., Sherington, G., White, M. (2007). Borders and boundaries in the history of education. Paedagogica Historica, 43(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Campbell, C., Sherington, G. (2006). A genealogy of an Australian system of comprehensive high schools: The contribution of educational progressivism to the one best form of universal secondary education (1900-1940). Paedagogica Historica, 42(1-2), 191-210. [More Information]
  • Sherington, G., Campbell, C. (2004). Australian Liberalism, The Middle Class And Public Education: From Henry Parkes To John Howard. Education Research and Perspectives, 31(2), 59-77.
  • Campbell, C., Sherington, G. (2004). The Public Comprehensive High School In New South Wales. Past, Present And Future. Change: Transformations in Education, 7(1), 1-16.
  • Sherington, G. (2003). 'Suffer Little Children': British child migration as a study of journeyings between centre and periphery. History of Education, 32(5), 461-476.
  • Sherington, G. (2002). A better class of boy: The Big Brother Movement, youth migration and citizenship of Empire. Australian Historical Studies, 33(120), 267-285.
  • Campbell, C., Sherington, G. (2002). History of Education: The possibility of survival. Change: Transformations in Education, 5(1), 46-64.
  • Sherington, G., Campbell, C. (2001). Education and Ethnicity. Paedagogica Historica, 37, 11-14.

Conferences

  • Sherington, G., Horne, J. (2009). Modes of engagement: universities and schools in Australia 1850-1914. Beyond the Lecture Hall Conference: Universities and community Engagement from the middle ages to the present day, Cambridge: Faculty of Education and Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge.
  • Sherington, G., Campbell, C. (2001). 'Residualisation, Regionalism and the Recent History of the State Comprehensive High School: Australia's Choices. A Roundtable on Social Investment in Education. ACOSS Seminar, Not Published: Not Published.
  • Campbell, C., Sherington, G. (2001). Whatever happened to the History of Education?

Reference Works

  • Sherington, G., Campbell, C. (2008). Comprehensive School/Education. In McCulloch G and Crook D (Eds.), The Routledge International Encyclopaedia of Education. (pp. 118-121). New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2016

  • Sherington, G. (2016). British academics, liberalism, and the First World War. History of Education Review, 45(2), 198-211. [More Information]

2015

  • Sherington, G., Hughes, J. (2015). ‘Money Made Us’: A Short History of Government Funds for Australian Schools. In Helen Proctor, Patrick Brownlee, Peter Freebody (Eds.), Controversies in Education: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Policy and Practice, (pp. 157-173). Cham: Springer. [More Information]

2013

  • Horne, J., Sherington, G. (2013). 'Dominion' Legacies: The Australian Experience. In Deryck M Schreuder (Eds.), Universities for a New World: Making a Global Network in International Higher Education, 1913-2013, (pp. 284-307). London: Sage Publications.
  • Horne, J., Sherington, G. (2013). Education. In Alison Bashford, Stuart Macintyre (Eds.), The Cambridge History of Australia: Volume 1: Indigenous and Colonial Australia, (pp. 367-390). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Campbell, C., Sherington, G. (2013). The Comprehensive Public High School: Historical Perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]

2012

  • Sherington, G. (2012). Contrasting narratives in the history of twentieth century British child migration to Australia: An interpretive essay. History Australia, 9(2), 27-47.
  • Sherington, G., Hughes, J. (2012). Education. In David Clune, Rodney Smith (Eds.), From Carr to Keneally: Labor in office in NSW 1995-2011, (pp. 138-149). Sydney Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Horne, J., Sherington, G. (2012). Sydney the Making of a Public University. Sydney, Australia: The Miegunyah Press.
  • Sherington, G. (2012). Wyndham, Sir Harold Stanley (1903–1988). In Melanie Nolan (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography: L-Z Volume 18 1981-1990, (pp. 643-646). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

2010

  • Sherington, G., Horne, J. (2010). Empire, State and Public Purpose in the Founding of Universities and Colleges in the Antipodes. History of Education Review, 39(2), 36-51.
  • Horne, J., Sherington, G. (2010). Extending the educational franchise: the social contract of Australia's public universities, 1850-1890. Paedagogica Historica, 46(1-2), 207-227. [More Information]
  • Sherington, G. (2010). From Aries to globalisation in the history of childhood. Paedagogica Historica, 46(1-2), 251-255. [More Information]

2009

  • Sherington, G., Campbell, C. (2009). Education. Sydney Journal, 2(1), 1-21.
  • Sherington, G., Horne, J. (2009). Modes of engagement: universities and schools in Australia 1850-1914. Beyond the Lecture Hall Conference: Universities and community Engagement from the middle ages to the present day, Cambridge: Faculty of Education and Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge.
  • Sherington, G. (2009). Religious School Systems. In Jupp, James (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Religion in Australia, (pp. 668-676). Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
  • Campbell, C., Proctor, H., Sherington, G. (2009). School Choice: How parents negotiate the new school market in Australia. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.

2008

  • Sherington, G., Campbell, C. (2008). Comprehensive School/Education. In McCulloch G and Crook D (Eds.), The Routledge International Encyclopaedia of Education. (pp. 118-121). New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Sherington, G., Georgakis, S. (2008). Sydney University Sport 1852-2007: more than a club. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

2007

  • Campbell, C., Sherington, G., White, M. (2007). Borders and boundaries in the history of education. Paedagogica Historica, 43(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Campbell, C., Sherington, G. (2007). Going to school in Oceania. Westport: Greenwood Press.
  • Campbell, C., Sherington, G. (2007). Introduction. In Craig Campbell, Geoffrey Sherington (Eds.), Going to school in Oceania, (pp. 1-8). Westport: Greenwood Press.
  • Sherington, G., Campbell, C. (2007). Middle class formations and the emergence of national schooling: a historiographical review of the Australian debate. In Tolley K (Eds.), Transformations in Schooling: Historical and Comparative Perspectives, (pp. 15-39). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

2006

  • Campbell, C., Sherington, G. (2006). A genealogy of an Australian system of comprehensive high schools: The contribution of educational progressivism to the one best form of universal secondary education (1900-1940). Paedagogica Historica, 42(1-2), 191-210. [More Information]
  • Campbell, C., Sherington, G. (2006). The comprehensive public high school: Historical perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

2004

  • Sherington, G., Campbell, C. (2004). Australian Liberalism, The Middle Class And Public Education: From Henry Parkes To John Howard. Education Research and Perspectives, 31(2), 59-77.
  • Sherington, G. (2004). Greek Influences At The University Of Sydney. In Steve Georgakis (Eds.), Back to Olympia: The Olympic Games Across Four Millennia 2000-2004, (pp. 61-75). Croydon: Joba Press Pty Ltd.
  • Sherington, G. (2004). Public Commitment And Private Choice In Australian Secondary Education. In Aldrich R (Eds.), Public or Private Education? Lessons from History, (pp. 167-188). London: Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney.
  • Campbell, C., Sherington, G. (2004). The Public Comprehensive High School In New South Wales. Past, Present And Future. Change: Transformations in Education, 7(1), 1-16.

2003

  • Sherington, G. (2003). 'Suffer Little Children': British child migration as a study of journeyings between centre and periphery. History of Education, 32(5), 461-476.

2002

  • Sherington, G. (2002). A better class of boy: The Big Brother Movement, youth migration and citizenship of Empire. Australian Historical Studies, 33(120), 267-285.
  • Campbell, C., Sherington, G. (2002). History of Education: The possibility of survival. Change: Transformations in Education, 5(1), 46-64.

2001

  • Sherington, G., Campbell, C. (2001). 'Residualisation, Regionalism and the Recent History of the State Comprehensive High School: Australia's Choices. A Roundtable on Social Investment in Education. ACOSS Seminar, Not Published: Not Published.
  • Sherington, G. (2001). Assisted English Settlement 1918-1939. In James Jupp (Eds.), The Australian people: an encyclopedia of the nation, its people and their origins, (pp. 59-61). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Sherington, G. (2001). Child Migration. In James Jupp (Eds.), The Australian people: an encyclopedia of the nation, its people and their origins, (pp. 59-61). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Sherington, G., Campbell, C. (2001). Education and Ethnicity. Paedagogica Historica, 37, 11-14.
  • Sherington, G. (2001). Fairbridge Child Migrants. In Jon Lawrence & Pat Starkey (Eds.), Child Welfare and Social Action in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: International Perspectives, (pp. 53-81). United Kingdom: Liverpool University Press.
  • Sherington, G. (2001). Settlement 1881-1914. In James Jupp (Eds.), The Australian people: an encyclopedia of the nation, its people and their origins, (pp. 49-52). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Campbell, C., Sherington, G. (2001). Whatever happened to the History of Education?

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