Loretta Dolan


  • The University of Western Australia (M428), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


Personal profile


I have a PhD in Late Medieval/Early Modern Social History from the University of Western Australia(UWA). I also have a Graduate Diploma in Education from UWA and BA Hons.(First Class) from the University of Liverpool, UK. Before commencing my PhD in 2010, I was a History and Humanities teacher in high schools in Perth.

Roles and responsibilities

I am a researcher with both the School of Humanities and The Graduate School of Education (GSE). Until December 2018, I was the Humanities and Social Sciences Coordinator (secondary)at the GSE. As well as teaching on a number of core units on the Master of Teaching,  I also coordinated the Master of Teaching Interventions for Learning unit and the undergraduate broadening unit, Education for a Global Society.

Current projects

I am currently working on both History Education, and, History of Childhood/Education reasearch.

The Education research is examing the ways in which practicing Humanities and Socila Science (HASS) teachers engage (or not) with historical scholarship and how this engagment impacts upon their planning and teaching. The aim of this research is to make histoprical scholarship easily accessible to HASS teachers, especially that which links directly to the curriculum. A similar poroject is being undertaken by researchers from the University of York, UK and Leeds Trinity University, UK. Comparative data generated from this research will be used to compile local, national and global solutions to the barriers teachers face in accessing scholarship. Initial findings will be presented at the History Educators International Research Network Conference in 2020. 

The History of Childhood/Education research I am undertaking is expanding on research published in my monograph, Nurture and Neglect: Childhood in Sixteenth Century Northern England, on the lived experiences of apprenticeships in the Early Modern period. The focus of the present research is on the structures that prevented apprentices from completing their term of indenture, whether that be circumstances, people in authority or apprentices themselves. Initial findings will be presented at the History of Education Conference at University College London in November 2019.

Teaching overview

I have taught on the Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum units and various other units for the Masters of Teaching and Graduate Diploma of Education. I also teach on undergraduate broadening units offered by the Graduate School of Education.

Whilst undertaking my PhD at UWA, I taught on a number of History undergraduate units as well as being involved in curriculum development and desiging resources. 


My education research is focused on the History of Education and History Education in secondary schools as well as in tertiary institutions. I am also an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Humanities at UWA, where my research focuses on children and child-rearing practices in England from the sixteenth century onwards.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD, Nurture and Neglect: Childhood and Childrearing Practices in the North of England c. 1450-1603, The University of Western Australia

2 Feb 201024 Oct 2014

Award Date: 11 Mar 2015

Education, Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary), The University of Western Australia

23 Feb 200730 Nov 2007

Award Date: 15 Apr 2007

History and Education, BA (Hons)., University of Liverpool

24 Sept 200325 Jul 2006

Award Date: 9 Nov 2006

Social Sciences, Certificate of Social Science, Open University Milton Keynes

2 Jan 200231 Dec 2002

Award Date: 31 Dec 2002

Research expertise keywords

  • History Of Education
  • History of Childhood
  • Child Marriage
  • History Education
  • Secondary Schooling


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