Larry Prochner

Professor of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education
Interim Faculty Chair, Faculty of Education


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

Interim Faculty Chair, Faculty of Education



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 Education. SSHRC Insight Grant (Collaborator: K. Nawrotski).

2020-23 Froebelian Endeavors, New Education and the ‘Researched’ Child from the 1900s to the 1960s. The Froebel Trust (Co-investigators: A. Arce, H. May, K. Nawrotski, Y. Valkanova).

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. (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.