Peter Cunningham

Emeritus Fellow
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Peter Cunningham has published books and articles on the social and cultural history of education with particular interests in school curricula and pedagogies, teachers and their professional identities, higher education and educational policy development. He has researched and written on educational innovators and progressives, and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He has been active nationally and internationally in organisations for the study of educational history and on the editorial boards of learned journals.

Teaching And Professional Interests: 

Peter Cunningham is an historian and educationist teaching Educational Studies in the Faculty of Education as Senior Lecturer 2001-2008, and now a member of the Faculty’s team for teacher professional development in Kazakhstan.

In 2012-13 as a participant in the Decorated Schools network, an AHRC funded research project on school murals and school sculptures, he contributes regularly to the network blog , presenting papers at international conferences in Glasgow and Canterbury.

He was a member of the organising committee for the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE) 36 ‘War, Peace and Education’ (London 2014) and presented papers at ISCHE 34 (Geneva 2012), and at ISCHE 35 (Riga 2013). He is a member of the organizing committee for an international conference: John Dewey’s Democracy and Education 100 Years On: Past, Present, and Future Relevance, University of Cambridge, 2016. 

His forthcoming invited lecture: ‘History and memory for reflection on teaching and learning’, will be delivered at Mukogawa Women’s University, Nishinomiya, February 2015.

  • Forthcoming: ‘Professional identities and the watershed of war: teachers, histories and memories’in the first issue of a new journal Historia y Memoria de la Educación (January 2015)
  • Contributor and joint editor, The Decorated School: Essays on the Visual Culture of Schooling, Black Dog, September 2013
  • Author Politics and the Primary Teacher Routledge, 2012
  • Joint editor, History of Education  42, 3 (2013) Special Issue: Festschrift for Roy Lowe
  • Peter Cunningham (2012) ‘John Macmurray’s Learning to Live and the new media, 1931–1949: learning for labour or leisure?’, Oxford Review of Education, 38:6, 693-708, DOI: 10.1080/03054985.2012.740587
  • Peter Cunningham, ‘Structures and systems and bodies and things: historical research on primary schooling and its professional relevance’  History of Education 41, 1 (2012)