Larry Prochner

Professor, Faculty of Education - Elementary Education


Professor, Faculty of Education - Elementary Education
(780) 492-0759
7-111 Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5



Primary Research Interests

early childhood education; teacher education; history of education; international and comparative education

Scholarly Activities

Research - Current Funded Projects

2021-25 Take It Outside: Preparing Teachers for Nature-Based EducationSSHRC Insight Grant (Collaborator: K. Nawrotski).

Research - Recent Publications


Arce-Hai, A., May, H., Nawrotzki, K., Prochner, L., & Valkanova, Y. (2020). Reimagining teaching in early 20th century experimental schools. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Kirova, A., Prochner, L., & Massing, C. (2019). Learning to teach young children. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Prochner, L., Cleghorn, A., Kirova, A., & Massing, C. (2018). La formación de docentes en contextos diversos: crear espacios para la intersección de visiones del mundo (O. Ocaña-Quintana, Trans.). Cali: Universidad del Valle Press.

Book Chapters and Encyclopaedia Entries

Prochner, L. (2023). Grace Fulmer and conservative and liberal approaches to Froebelian education. In T. Bruce, Yukiyo Nishida, S. Powell, H. Wasmuth, & J. Whinnett (Eds.), The Bloomsbury handbook to Friedrich Froebel (pp.131-138). London: Bloomsbury.

Prochner, L. (2020). Nursery schools and classes. S. Hupp & J. Jewell (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of child and adolescent development. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell.

Prochner, L. (2019). ‘Placing a school at the tail of a plough’: The European roots of Indian industrial schools in Canada. In S. Carr-Stewart (Ed.), Knowing the past, facing the future: Indigenous education in Canada (pp. 53-84). Vancouver: UBC Press/Purich Books.

Prochner, L., & Nawrotski, K. (2019). The origins of the current era of early childhood care and education. In N. File, C. Brown, & M. McMullen (Eds.), Handbook on early childhood education (pp. 7-28). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell.

Prochner, L. (2019). History of childhood in Canada. Bloomsbury education and childhood studies. London: Bloomsbury.

Prochner, L. (2019). Historical context of primary education in Canada. Bloomsbury education and childhood studies. London: Bloomsbury.

Arce Hai, A., & Prochner, L. (2018). Aproximando-se da ‘caixa preta da escolarização’: uma análise da Revista do Jardim de Infância (1896-1897). In A.C. Bortoleto Nery (Ed.), Pedagógica na Ibero-América: local, nacional e transnaciona. São Paulo, Brazil: Alameda.

Prochner, L., & Kirova, A. (2018). Early childhood education in Canada. In J.L. Roopnarine, J. E. Johnson, S. Quinn, & M. Patte (Eds.), Handbook of international perspectives on early childhood education (pp. 392-408). Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Kirova, A., Massing, C., Cleghorn, A., & Prochner, L. (2018). Complexities of insider-outsider positioning in a comparative study of early childhood teacher education. In S. Akpovo, M.M. Moran, & R.A. Brookshire (Eds.), Collaborative cross-cultural research methodologies in early care and education contexts (pp. 99-115). Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Refereed Articles

Prochner, L. (2021). ‘She walked alone in glory’: Patty Smith Hill and the anecdote of the kindergartners’ walkout. Vitae Scholasticae, 37(1/2), 8-29.

Kirova, A., Lambrev, V., & Prochner, L. (2020). Education reforms for inclusion? Interrogating policy-practice disjunctions in early childhood education in Bulgaria. Education Inquiry, 11(2), 126-143.