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Prof Gary Mcculloch
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
Tel: 02076126813
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  • Brian Simon Chair of History of Education
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

Personal country knowledge
  • UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand: history of education

Gary McCulloch is the inaugural Brian Simon Professor of the History of Education at the founding director of the International Centre for Historical research in Education at UCL Institute of Education.  He is currently (2017-2019) the president of the British Educational Research Association and is the Editor of the British Journal of Educational Studies. He is a past president of the UK History of Education Society (2005-2007) and a previous Editor of the international Journal History of Education.  He has supervised a wide range of research students in the history of secondary and higher education, both nationally and internationally.  He has attracted funding for research projects from the ESRC, Leverhulme Trust and the Society for Educational Studies, among others.  Gary’s recent publications include The Struggle for the History of Education (Routledge, 2011), Secondary Education and the Raising of the School Leaving Age (with Woodin and Cowan, Palgrave, 2013), a special issue of Paedagogica Historica on ‘Education, war and peace’ (edited with Georgina Brewis, based on the London conference of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education, July 2014), and A Social History of Educational Studies and Research (with Steven Cowan, Routledge, 2017).


Research Summary

The social history of secondary and higher education

Theory and methodology in the history of education

Politics, policy, curriculum, teaching and learning in the history of education

Published books include:

A Social History of Educational Studies and Research (Routledge, 2017, with Steven Cowan)

Secondary Education and the Raising of the School Leaving Age (Palgrave, 2013, with Woodin and Cowan)

The Struggle for the History of Education (Routledge, 2011)

Cyril Norwood and the Ideal of Secondary Education (Palgrave, 2007)

Documentary Research in Education, History and the Social Sciences (Routledge, 2004)

Historical Research in Educational Settings (Open University Press, 2000, with William Richardson)

Failing the Ordinary Child?  Working Class Secondary Education (Open University Press, 1998)

Educational Reconstruction:  The 1944 Education Act and the 21st Century (Woburn Press, 1994)

Philosophers and Kings:  Education for Leadership in Modern England (CUP, 1991)

The Secondary Technical School:  A Usable Past? (Falmer Press, 1989)

Technological Revolution?  The Politics of School Science and Technology in England and Wales since 1945 (Falmer Press, 1985)

Teaching Summary
Doctoral research supervision of many students in the history of education nationally and internationally - PhD and EdD.
Research theses successfully supervised include:
'A modern Utopia?  Images of the Japanese education system in Britain, c. 1860-1914'
'The influence of teacher media images on professional teacher identities'

Doctoral research training

BA Educational Studies

MA History of Education
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