Emeritus Professor Kay Whitehead

Academic Status

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education Building (5.19)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
Research expertise
Australian studies/history
Education systems
Historical studies
History and philosophy of specific fields
Research interests

Kay's research traverses the fields of Australian history, history and sociology of education, teacher education and middle schooling. Her main focus is teachers' lives and work. She is particularly interested in historical and contemporary discourses of teaching as a profession, and the ways in which discourses of vocation, career and character interweave in the construction of teacher subjectivity. Her research is underpinned by a commitment to exploring gender, class, age and location as categories of social difference, both historically and in contemporary times.

Kay's current historical research focuses on transnational understandings of early twentieth century teachers in Newfoundland, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. She is also researching the history of early childhood teacher education, especially the life and work of Lillian de Lissa and her students at the Adelaide Kindergarten Training College (1907-1917) and Gipsy Hill Training College (1917-1947).

Teaching interests
History of Education
Middle Schooling
Contemporary Educational Issues
Supervisory interests
Australian history
Australian teacher education
Education, history in
Middle schooling, pedagogy, integrated curriculum
Race, gender, nation and education
Teachers' lives and works, contemporary and historical
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: History of Education (1), Women academics lives and work (1)
Associate supervisor: women teachers lives and work (1)
Associate supervisor: Social justice (1), White teachers lives and work (1), Indigenous education (1)

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