Hilary Jacquelyn Cooper Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Hilary Jacquelyn Cooper

Professor Emeritus
University of Cumbria

After reading History at London University I taught in a range on London Primary Schools, took an Advanced Diploma in Child Development and a PhD in Children's Thinking in History at the LU Institute of Education as a practising primary school teacher. This was followed by being a Lecturer in Education at Goldsmiths' College, London University, Director of Professional Studies at Lancaster University, Professor of History and Pedagogy , University of Cumbria. I have published internationally.

Subjects: Education


Through the History Education International Research Network and the annual conferences of the  International Journal of Historical  Teaching Learning and Research, which I co-founded in 2004 with Dr. Jon Nichol, I have enjoyed meeting colleagues involved in researching history education around the world. And I have appreciated invitations to speak at conferences internationally in Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and Russia.


    BA, Diploma Child Development, PhD , London University

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Application of constructivist theories of child development to the teaching and learning of history, in England and internationally.

Personal Interests

    Children's understanding in history. painting, literature. music, hill-walking.



Curriculum Journal

Looking Backwards to move Forwards: Charlotte Mason on history

Published: Jun 04, 2012 by Curriculum Journal
Subjects: Education

Charlotte Mason, a patriotic nineteenth century educationist, saw history teaching as non-Anglocentric, and drawing on sources to construct interpretations of the past, through retelling, role play and art. This article collates her modern constructivist ideas about history education scattered through 12 volumes of her writing

Education 3-13

International Perspectives on History Education

Published: Oct 09, 2010 by Education 3-13
Authors: Hilary Cooper: guest editor, special issue
Subjects: Education

The papers in this issue give a flavour of the questions being asked in a range of countries about the nature of history education, the problems arising and the extent to which younger pupils can engage with them.

Education 3-13

Teaching History to ten-year-olds in England and Romania

Published: Jan 07, 2001 by Education 3-13
Authors: Carol Capita, Hilary Cooper and Gheorghita Halalau
Subjects: Education

Three history lessons in Cumbria, England and Bucharest, Romania were video-recorded in an attempt to analyse common characteristics of good practice and promote further dialogue between the two countries. The analyses suggested that whole class questioning, supported by group discussion could support teachers in different countries to work collaboratively to develop pupils' historical enquiry.

Curriculum Journal

Removing the Scaffolding: a case study investigating how class teaching can lead

Published: Jan 10, 1993 by Curriculum Journal
Authors: Hilary Cooper
Subjects: Education

Through a case study this article investigates how whole class teaching can lead to effective peer group discussion without the teacher.