Dr Loretta Dolan

Started at UWA: 2012

Championing the history of education to benefit present-day teaching methods

I am a passionate social historian and teacher who has the privilege to train the next generation of humanities and social sciences teachers.Dr Loretta Dolan

Dr Loretta Dolan is a UWA lecturer and the Humanities and Social Sciences Coordinator in the Graduate School of Education. Her research investigates the history of education to discover how we can improve current methods in both secondary schools and tertiary institutions.

Dr Dolan combines her love for the history of education with teaching the next generation of educators. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Humanities at UWA, where her research looks at children and child-rearing practices in England from the sixteenth century onwards.

Originally from Liverpool in the United Kingdom, Dr Dolan has lived in Cambridge, Aberdeen, London, Chester, Oslo, Paris and now Perth. Dr Dolan completed her undergraduate degree in history in the UK, and undertook her teaching qualification and PhD at UWA.


  • PhD (UWA) Late Medieval/Early Modern Social History
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (UWA)
  • BA (Hons) First Class (Liverpool, UK)
  • Certificate in Social Sciences (Open University, UK)

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Faculty of Arts Teaching Excellence Award, 2013

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Faculty Teaching and Service Award nomination, 2018



Professional learning for practising teachers

This project will provide professional learning for practising teachers in WA schools. With support from Dr Dolan and her colleague, Dr Gemma Scarparolo, teachers will be mentored through the process of planning and implementing action research in their classes to improve the education of students who they have identified as experiencing difficulties. The goal is for teachers to appreciate how scholarship can underpin their practice and improve the performance of students in their classes.

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I’m happiest when I’m in the classroom as I enjoy the relationship I have with my students. The Graduate School of Education is a small, friendly school that is collaborative and supportive. Staff are always willing to help you with any queries you may have as well as sharing resources and giving advice. Dr Loretta Dolan



Supervisor opportunities


Dr Dolan welcomes enquiries from PhD students looking for supervision. She has supervised previous student topics including:

  • teachers’ perceptions towards critical thinking
  • the experiences of Australian Catholic lay teachers
  • how WA teachers diagnosed with ADHD as adults deal with their work
  • teachers’ perspectives on the Thinking Science Program


If you are interested in the history of education, get in touch with Dr Dolan using the details below.


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Contact Dr Loretta Dolan

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