Curriculum Camp: Graduate Student-Led, Reimagining Curriculum with Scholars


Pictured here (from left to right) is CHSE's Dean Andrew, Dr. Roland Mitchell, Interim Associate Dean for Research and Engagement & Graduate Studies, Dr. William Pinar, co-founder of LSU's Curriculum Theory Project, and Dr. Petra Hunro Hendry, School of Education Professor, at this weekend's Curriculum Camp Fireside Chat.

LSU Curriculum Camp, an annual international graduate student conference, was held February 19-20, 2016 on LSU's campus.
LSU Curriculum Camp is organized and hosted by the graduate students of LSU Curriculum Theory Project (CTP) under the guidance of CTP co-directors Dr. Petra Hendry and Dr. Roland Mitchell and LSU College of Human Sciences & Education.
Of the 76 attendees, 47 represented Louisiana, and 26 represented states including Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas. Two international students from British Columbia - Canada attended as well.
These attendees represented more than 13 universities. 
LSU Curriculum Camp allows a diverse group of graduate students to present their research. There is a "camp-like feel," with attendees eating meals together and gathering for discussions to encourage a comfortable environment for all. 
Graduate students have the opportuntity to network with peers, and also leaders in the field. 
The morning of Friday, February 19 began with Dr. Neil Mathews, Director of the School of Education, welcoming attendees. 
Graduate students weren't the only ones sharing their ideas. This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. William F. Pinar. Prior to his appointment at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Pinar served as the St. Bernard Parish Alumni Endowed Professor at LSU where he co-founded LSU's Curriculum Theory Project and the annual LSU Curriculum Camp. Currently, Dr. Pinar is a professor at the University of British Columbia. He is internationally regarded as a groundbreaking researcher and curriculum theorist.
Dr. Mathews introduction was followed by Dr. Pinar's mentoring session, "Navigating Academic Authenticity in/through Neoliberalism." This session provoked attendees to think about being in academia. 
Friday continued with breakout sessions, where 18 graduate students led presentations. The day culminated with the Graduating Ph.D.s Dissertation Panel.
Graduate students continued to present their research on Saturday during seven breakout sessions. The final event of the camp was Dr. Pinar's fireside chat, titled "Study: Concerning Relationship in Educational Experience," pictured below. The discussion began with Dr. Pinar asking the age-old curriculum theory question: What knowledge is of most worth?
Attendee Maria Wallace shared this photo, saying, "Spent the last few days reimagining curriculum with wonderful scholars including Dr. W. Pinar." 

LSU Curriculum Camp is designed to showcase the work of graduate students engaged in research on a host of subjects, such as: curriculum theory, gender, race, culture, higher education research (K-20), policy analysis, political and/or intellectual thought (including but not limited to narrative, feminisms, postmodernism, poststructuralism, queer theory, chaos & complexity theory).

Topics for this year's conference included, "Teachers as Agents of Change: Using Culturally Responsive Pedagogy to Engage Diverse Students," "Boys Love Beyoncé: A Proposal to Uncover and Engage Dialogue on Black Male Masculinity," "Race, Culture, and Education: How are they Related?," among many others.
This year's Curriculum Camp was organized with LSU Curriculum Theory Project, LSU Curriculum Theory Graduate Collaborative, LSU Women’s Center, and LSU Student Government.

About Curriculum Theory Project
The Curriculum Theory Project is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Human Sciences and Education at Louisiana State University. The Curriculum Theory Project is comprised of internationally recognized scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds whose primary goals are to research the role education plays in a democratic society and participate in the future of curriculum theory nationally and internationally.  Curriculum Theory aspires to understand educational practices within broad social and cultural frameworks, focusing on what counts as knowledge, and what knowledge is most valued, by whom, at what time, and for what purpose. 
The Curriculum Theory Graduate Collaborative is an organization of graduate students who study in the Louisiana State University Curriculum Theory Project. 

About SOE
The LSU School of Education (SOE) offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction and in Educational Leadership, Research, and Counseling. The School’s mission is to prepare P-12 educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues.

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About CHSE
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

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