Melbourne High School Students, 1980s. Photographer Rennie Ellis. State Library Victoria, H2012.140/1824

Melbourne High School Students, 1980s. Photographer Rennie Ellis. State Library Victoria, H2012.140/1824

Educating the Australian Adolescent

Educating the Australian adolescent: an historical study of curriculum, counselling and citizenship is an ARC-funded project on secondary schooling and adolescence in the middle decades of the twentieth century. Undertaken with Katie Wright (La Trobe University), the project examines ideas and debates about how best to educate Australian secondary school students and the role of schooling in shaping social values and citizenship in the past and present. It takes a close look at curriculum programs and reforms and at the role and development of child and adolescent guidance in schools during three decades of educational upheaval – the 1930s, 1950s and 1970s. The study offers historical perspectives on current concerns about school values, student wellbeing and citizenship education. It explores the transnational dimensions of educational ideas and some of the historical drivers of policy reform, particularly in relation to curriculum.

 

Associated publications

McLeod, Julie and Wright, Katie, eds (2015) The promise of the new and genealogies of educational reform, Routledge, London. Commissioned book based on special issue of Journal of Educational Administration and History, vol.44, no. 4, 2012.

McLeod, Julie and Wright, Katie (2013) ‘Education for citizenship: transnational expertise, curriculum reform and psychological knowledge in 1930s Australia’, History of Education Review, vol.42, no.2, 170-184.  

McLeod, Julie (2012) ‘Educating for “world-mindedness”: cosmopolitanism, localism and schooling the adolescent citizen in interwar Australia’, Journal of Educational Administration and History, vol.44, no.4, 339-359.

McLeod, Julie and Wright, Katie (2012) ‘The promise of the new: genealogies of youth, nation and educational reform in Australia’, special issue of Journal of Educational Administration and History, vol.44, no.4, 283-293.