Associate Professor Helen Proctor

PhD(Sydney), GradDipEdStud(Sydney), BA(Hons)(Sydney), GradDipEd(UNE)

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 90365401

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Research interests

My research uses historical perspectives and methods to examine the making of contemporary educational systems, contributing both to the research field of history of education and to the field of critical inquiry into current schooling policy and practice. My principal focus is on the historical formation and reformation of the relationships between schools, families and ‘communities’ from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first centuries; across different kinds and levels of schooling and through successive educational settlements from meritocracy to the rule of markets. Related to this are current investigations of histories of schooling, migration and race; histories of schooling and health and histories of family-school relations.

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 Research student
Early-career teachers' experiences in NSW secondary schools Meghan STACEY
The Contemporary Impact of Colonial Legacy On Education Systems: A Comparative Study On the Asia Pacific Region Stella WANG
Religion, Politics and Schooling in Twentieth Century Afghanistan Mohammad WARDAK

Current projects

  • Histories of home-school relations and the 'good' educational parent.
  • 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

  • Former President, Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society

  • 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: Springer. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Forsey, M., Proctor, H., Stacey, M. (2017). A most poisonous debate: Legitimizing support for Australian private schools. In T. Koinzer, R. Nikolai & F. Waldow (Eds.), Private schools and school choice in compulsory education: Global change and national challenge, (pp. 49-66). Germany: Springer. [More Information]
  • 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: Springer. [More Information]
  • 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: 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: Springer. [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.
  • 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

  • Proctor, H., Driscoll, A. (2017). Bureaucratic governance, family economies and the 1930s NSW teachers' marriage bar, Australia. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 49(2), 157-170. [More Information]
  • Proctor, H., Weaver, H. (2017). Creating an educational home: Mothering for schooling in the Australian Women's Weekly, 1943-1960. Paedagogica Historica, 53(1-2), 49-70. [More Information]
  • Proctor, H., Sriprakash, A. (2017). Race and legitimacy: Historical formations of academically selective schooling. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Online first. [More Information]
  • Proctor, H., Burns, K. (2017). The connected histories of mass schooling and public health. History of Education Review, 46(2), 1-12.
  • Sriprakash, A., Proctor, H., Hu, B. (2016). Visible pedagogic work: Parenting, private tutoring and educational advantage in Australia. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 37(3), 426-441. [More Information]
  • 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. 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, 43(1), 119-134. [More Information]
  • Proctor, H. (2002). Gender, merit and identity at Parramatta High School,1913-1919. History of Education Review, 30(2), 39-50.

Conferences

  • Proctor, H. (2015). The Public High School, Bureaucratic Administration and the Making of the Twentieth Century Family. 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC: AERA.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Proctor, H., Sriprakash, A. (2017). Selective schools' long and tangled history with race and class. The Conversation, March 29. [More Information]
  • Graham, L., Proctor, H., Dixon, R. (2016). How schools avoid enrolling children with disabilities. The Conversation, January 28. [More Information]
  • Proctor, H. (2012). Top marks to Gonski review for its focus on children, schools and teachers. Sydney Morning Herald, February 24.
  • Proctor, H. (2011). School choice is not the answer to everything. The Conversation, July 12. [More Information]

2017

  • Forsey, M., Proctor, H., Stacey, M. (2017). A most poisonous debate: Legitimizing support for Australian private schools. In T. Koinzer, R. Nikolai & F. Waldow (Eds.), Private schools and school choice in compulsory education: Global change and national challenge, (pp. 49-66). Germany: Springer. [More Information]
  • Proctor, H., Driscoll, A. (2017). Bureaucratic governance, family economies and the 1930s NSW teachers' marriage bar, Australia. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 49(2), 157-170. [More Information]
  • Proctor, H., Weaver, H. (2017). Creating an educational home: Mothering for schooling in the Australian Women's Weekly, 1943-1960. Paedagogica Historica, 53(1-2), 49-70. [More Information]
  • Proctor, H., Sriprakash, A. (2017). Race and legitimacy: Historical formations of academically selective schooling. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Online first. [More Information]
  • Proctor, H., Sriprakash, A. (2017). Selective schools' long and tangled history with race and class. The Conversation, March 29. [More Information]
  • Proctor, H., Burns, K. (2017). The connected histories of mass schooling and public health. History of Education Review, 46(2), 1-12.

2016

  • Graham, L., Proctor, H., Dixon, R. (2016). How schools avoid enrolling children with disabilities. The Conversation, January 28. [More Information]
  • Sriprakash, A., Proctor, H., Hu, B. (2016). Visible pedagogic work: Parenting, private tutoring and educational advantage in Australia. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 37(3), 426-441. [More Information]

2015

  • Proctor, H., Brownlee, P., Freebody, P. (2015). Controversies in Education: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Policy and Practice. Cham: Springer. [More Information]
  • 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: Springer. [More Information]
  • 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: 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: Springer. [More Information]
  • Proctor, H. (2015). The Public High School, Bureaucratic Administration and the Making of the Twentieth Century Family. 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC: AERA.

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, February 24.

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]
  • Proctor, H. (2011). School choice is not the answer to everything. The Conversation, July 12. [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. 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, 43(1), 119-134. [More Information]

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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