Loretta Anne Dolan Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Loretta Anne Dolan

University of Western Australia

Loretta Dolan completed a PhD in 2014 under the supervision of the late Professor Philippa Maddern and Dr Stephanie Tarbin at the University of Western Australia, researching children and childrearing practices in the North of England, c. 1450-1603. She has taught History at both secondary school and tertiary levels but now trains pre-service Humanities and Social Science teachers, which combines her love of both History and Education.

Subjects: Education, History


Loretta Dolan is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Humanities at the University of Western Australia (UWA). She is also the Humanities and Social Sciences Coordinator for secondary pre-service teachers at the Graduate School of Education at the university.  Her book, Nurture and Neglect: Childhood in Sixteenth-Century Northern England (Routledge, 2017) addresses a number of anomalies in the existing historiography surrounding the experience of children in urban and rural communities in sixteenth-century northern England and directly engages with the question of what sixteenth-century society actually constituted as nurture and neglect. The book uses ecclesiastical and secular sources, hitherto an untapped resource for children’s voices. Her focus on children and childhood is directly linked to her previous job as a secondary History teacher and her own three children whilst the geographical area of her study was influenced by locations near her native Liverpool. Since finishing her PhD and returning to work in Education, she has broadened her research to include the History of Education and the teaching of History in secondary and tertiary institutions. She is currently working on a chapter on irregular schools and schooling to be included in a volume of the forthcoming International Handbook of Historical Studies in Education.


    BSc (Honours), University of Liverpool, Uk, 2006
    Grad. Dip. Education, University of Western Australia, 2007
    PhD University of Western Australia, 2014

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Historical perspectives of children and childhood in England
    History of Education
    The teaching of History in secondary and tertiary institutions

Personal Interests

    Spending time with family and friends, walking (especially in the north of England), reading, visiting museums and heritage attractions, films, plays, concerts and more besides.


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