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
The Impact and Future Implications of Parental Decision Making in Deaf Education from 1970-2010 PhD Aaron PAYNE
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. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Book Chapters

  • Proctor, H., Freebody, P., Brownlee, P. (2015). Introduction: Heresy and orthodoxy in contemporary schooling: Australian educational policy and global neoliberal reform. In Helen Proctor, Patrick Brownlee, Peter Freebody (Eds.), Controversies in Education: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Policy and Practice, (pp. 1-12). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
  • Proctor, H., Aitchison, C. (2015). Markets in education: 'School choice' and family capital. In Gabrielle Meagher, Susan Goodwin (Eds.), Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy, (pp. 323-341). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Proctor, H. (2015). Markets Made Out of Love: Parents, Schools and Communities Before Neoliberalism. In Helen Proctor, Patrick Brownlee, Peter Freebody (Eds.), Controversies in Education: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Policy and Practice, (pp. 199-205). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
  • 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 and 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. [More Information]
  • 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. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
  • Proctor, H., Freebody, P., Brownlee, P. (2015). Introduction: Heresy and orthodoxy in contemporary schooling: Australian educational policy and global neoliberal reform. In Helen Proctor, Patrick Brownlee, Peter Freebody (Eds.), Controversies in Education: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Policy and Practice, (pp. 1-12). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
  • Proctor, H., Aitchison, C. (2015). Markets in education: 'School choice' and family capital. In Gabrielle Meagher, Susan Goodwin (Eds.), Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy, (pp. 323-341). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Proctor, H. (2015). Markets Made Out of Love: Parents, Schools and Communities Before Neoliberalism. In Helen Proctor, Patrick Brownlee, Peter Freebody (Eds.), Controversies in Education: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Policy and Practice, (pp. 199-205). Cham, Switzerland: 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 and 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. [More Information]
  • 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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