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.
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