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Petra Hendry

Petra Hendry

St. Bernard Chapter of the LSU Alumni Association Endowed Professor
Department of Theory, Policy and Practice
LSU College of Education

What was your previous position and where?

LSU was my first and only position since completing my Ph.D. in 1991. This is my 20th year at LSU.

What brought you to LSU?

I was attracted to LSU because, at the time that I was completing my doctoral studies, LSU was known as the premier institution for curriculum studies. All the curriculum theory scholars that I had been reading and studying were at LSU!

What is your research interest?

My research examines the role of narrative in the construction of curriculum theory and educational history. Currently, I am completing a book that draws on Creolization theory to interpret Louisiana's educational history from 1699-1860.

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

I hope that my research will garner an appreciation for the rich intellectual and educational history that is part of Louisiana's heritage. Understanding history is critical to addressing current educational challenges, so I hope my research will encourage a broader historical, political and cultural understanding of education.

What do you enjoy most about LSU?

The students! I feel honored to work with students who have such a commitment to improving education in Louisiana.

What are your major accomplishments?

Seeing the doctoral students I have worked with go on to be successful scholars, maintaining the legacy of the Curriculum Theory Project at LSU; directing the McKinley High School Oral History Project, which resulted in 230 taped interviews archived at the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History and the book, "Roots of Hope: Old South Baton Rouge"; and I just finished my fifth book, "Engendering Curriculum History."

 




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