Progressive Education and Race: A transnational Australian history 1920s-50s

Grant type

ARC Discovery Project



This project will provide a new history of progressive education in Australia in the mid-twentieth century by investigating its neglected relationship to and effect upon Indigenous education and colonial governance. Using transnational and comparative methods, it will examine how international progressive ideas informed local initiatives, explore the role of Indigenous advocacy for educational reform and build a genealogy of educability and colonial childhood.

Interior of a classroom, students bent at study, Yallourn
Museums Victoria. ‘Interior of a classroom, students bent at study, Yallourn’ 1947 CC-2.0