Dr Helen Proctor

PhD(Sydney), GradDipEdStud(Sydney), BA(Hons)(Sydney), GradDipEd(UNE)
Senior Lecturer
Research Higher Degree Student Co-ordinator

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 90365401
Fax +61 2 93514580

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Research interests

Educational history, sociology and philosophy
  • History of education
  • Sociology of education
Social structures, inequalities and social justice
  • Gender relations and gender identity

Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
Historical thinking and new media (associate supervisor) PhD James GOULDING
Design, accomplishment and creativity: the history of art education in NSW: 1880 - 1940. PhD Rebecca KUMMERFELD
TBA PhD Paul MARTIN
The Impact and Future Implications of Parental Decision Making in Deaf Education from 1970-2010 PhD Aaron PAYNE
Building schooling identity and tradition: the approach of the archivist. PhD Welwyn Margaret PETERSEN
A pedagogical snag: teachers' work within the safety net. PhD Meghan STACEY

Current projects

  • Histories of home-school relations and the 'good' educational parent.
  • The experience of Early Career Researchers in the Faculty of Education and Social Work (with Dr Aek Phakiti, University of Sydney).
  • Proctor, H. & Burns, K. (2013-2015). Making the healthy school student: the public school and the governance of public health in the twentieth century.

Associations

  • President, Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society

  • Consulting editor, Australian Review of Public Affairs

  • Member, Public Education Foundation Scholarship Advisory Committee

  • Co-editor, History of Education Review

Selected grants

2015

  • Parent and community relations in Australian schooling, 1940s-2010s: expertise and authority, reform and crisis.; Proctor H; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Future Fellowships (FT).

2010

  • A history of the good schooling parent; Proctor H; DVC Research/Brown Fellowships.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Campbell, C., Proctor, H. (2014). A History of Australian Schooling. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.
  • Connell, R., Welch, A., Vickers, M., Foley, D., Bagnall, N., Hayes, D., Proctor, H., Sriprakash, A., Campbell, C. (2013). Education, Change and Society: Third Edition. Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.
  • Campbell, C., Proctor, H., Sherington, G. (2009). School Choice: How parents negotiate the new school market in Australia. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.

Edited Books

  • Proctor, H., Brownlee, P., Freebody, P. (2015). Controversies in education: Orthodoxy and heresy in policy and practice. Dordrecht: Springer.

Book Chapters

  • Mackinnon, A., Proctor, H. (2013). Education. In Alison Bashford, Stuart Macintyre (Eds.), The Cambridge History of Australia: Volume 2: The Commonwealth of Australia, (pp. 429-451). New York, USA: Cambridge University Press.
  • Proctor, H., Sriprakash, A. (2013). School Systems and School Choice. In Raewyn Connell, et al (Eds.), Education, Change and Society: Third Edition, (pp. 213-233). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.
  • Sriprakash, A., Proctor, H. (2013). Social Class and Inequality. In Raewyn Connell, et al (Eds.), Education, Change and Society: Third Edition, (pp. 79-98). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.
  • Proctor, H. (2010). The good mother and the high school: a view from the 20th century. In Susan Goodwin & Kate Huppatz (Eds.), The Good Mother: Contemporary Motherhoods in Australia, (pp. 111-130). Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Journals

  • May, J., Proctor, H. (2013). Being Special: memories of the Australian public high school, 1920s-1950s. History of Education Review, 42(1), 55-68. [More Information]
  • Proctor, H. (2011). Masculinity and social class, tradition and change: the production of 'young Christian gentlemen' at an elite Australian boys' school. Gender and Education, 23(7), 843-856. [More Information]
  • Proctor, H. (2010). Bringing up baby in the 21st century. Australian Review of Public Affairs, June, http://www.australianreview.net/digest/2010/06/pro.
  • Proctor, H. (2008). An Aristocracy of Talent? Describing Self and Other at an Early Twentieth Century High School. History of Education, 38(2), 1-14.
  • Proctor, H. (2008). School Teacher Parents and the Retreat from Public Secondary Schooling: A View from the Australian Census, 1976-2001. A E R (Australian Educational Researcher), 35(2), 123-137.
  • Proctor, H. (2007). Gender and merit: Coeducation and the construction of a meritocratic educational ladder in New South Wales¸ 1880-1912. Paedagogica Historica: international journal of the history of education, 43(1), 119-134.
  • Proctor, H. (2002). Gender, merit and identity at Parramatta High School,1913-1919. History of Education Review, 30(2), 39-50.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Proctor, H. (2012). Top marks to Gonski review for its focus on children, schools and teachers. Sydney Morning Herald.

2015

  • Proctor, H., Brownlee, P., Freebody, P. (2015). Controversies in education: Orthodoxy and heresy in policy and practice. Dordrecht: Springer.

2014

  • Campbell, C., Proctor, H. (2014). A History of Australian Schooling. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.

2013

  • May, J., Proctor, H. (2013). Being Special: memories of the Australian public high school, 1920s-1950s. History of Education Review, 42(1), 55-68. [More Information]
  • Mackinnon, A., Proctor, H. (2013). Education. In Alison Bashford, Stuart Macintyre (Eds.), The Cambridge History of Australia: Volume 2: The Commonwealth of Australia, (pp. 429-451). New York, USA: Cambridge University Press.
  • Connell, R., Welch, A., Vickers, M., Foley, D., Bagnall, N., Hayes, D., Proctor, H., Sriprakash, A., Campbell, C. (2013). Education, Change and Society: Third Edition. Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.
  • Proctor, H., Sriprakash, A. (2013). School Systems and School Choice. In Raewyn Connell, et al (Eds.), Education, Change and Society: Third Edition, (pp. 213-233). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.
  • Sriprakash, A., Proctor, H. (2013). Social Class and Inequality. In Raewyn Connell, et al (Eds.), Education, Change and Society: Third Edition, (pp. 79-98). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

2012

  • Proctor, H. (2012). Top marks to Gonski review for its focus on children, schools and teachers. Sydney Morning Herald.

2011

  • Proctor, H. (2011). Masculinity and social class, tradition and change: the production of 'young Christian gentlemen' at an elite Australian boys' school. Gender and Education, 23(7), 843-856. [More Information]

2010

  • Proctor, H. (2010). Bringing up baby in the 21st century. Australian Review of Public Affairs, June, http://www.australianreview.net/digest/2010/06/pro.
  • Proctor, H. (2010). The good mother and the high school: a view from the 20th century. In Susan Goodwin & Kate Huppatz (Eds.), The Good Mother: Contemporary Motherhoods in Australia, (pp. 111-130). Sydney: Sydney University Press.

2009

  • Campbell, C., Proctor, H., Sherington, G. (2009). School Choice: How parents negotiate the new school market in Australia. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.

2008

  • Proctor, H. (2008). An Aristocracy of Talent? Describing Self and Other at an Early Twentieth Century High School. History of Education, 38(2), 1-14.
  • Proctor, H. (2008). School Teacher Parents and the Retreat from Public Secondary Schooling: A View from the Australian Census, 1976-2001. A E R (Australian Educational Researcher), 35(2), 123-137.

2007

  • Proctor, H. (2007). Gender and merit: Coeducation and the construction of a meritocratic educational ladder in New South Wales¸ 1880-1912. Paedagogica Historica: international journal of the history of education, 43(1), 119-134.

2002

  • Proctor, H. (2002). Gender, merit and identity at Parramatta High School,1913-1919. History of Education Review, 30(2), 39-50.

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