LSU College of Education to Host Lecture from Expert on School Drop-Outs

11/14/2011 03:41 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU College of Education’s Curriculum Theory Project, or CTP, will host Jean Clandinin, professor and cirector of the Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development, or CRTED, in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, in the annual CTP Speaker Series lecture on Thursday, Nov. 17.  


The lecture will be held in the LSU Laboratory School Auditorium from 5-6 p.m. A reception in her honor will precede the lecture at 4:30 p.m.


Clandinin will address dropout prevention in her talk, titled “Composing Lives as Early School Leavers.”  In this address, she will share her narrative research on students who drop out of school and the circumstances that lead to their departures. While on campus, she will present sessions for graduate students in education and education-related fields on the subjects of navigation in graduate school, presentations and publications, narrative inquiry and preparation for life after graduate school.


A former teacher, counselor and psychologist, Clandinin has co-authored four books with Michael Connelly, professor and director of the Centre for Teacher Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Their most-recently published book, “Narrative Inquiry,” draws from more than 20 years of field experience. Clandinin is currently co-authoring a book focused on her research with children and teachers in inner city schools.   


Clandinin has been a University of Alberta Senior Scientist for the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology since 1997. She is past vice president of Division B of the American Educational Research Association, or AERA.  


A 2004 Killam Scholar, she has received the AERA Division B Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002; the Kaplan Research Achievement Award, which is the University of Alberta’s highest award for research, in 2001; the AERA Early Career Award in 1993; and the Canadian Education Association Whitworth Award for educational research in 1999.


The CTP Speaker Series is made possible by support from the LSU College of Education and the college’s Peabody Society Dean’s Circle. The Dean’s Circle is a distinguished advocacy and support group that exists to enhance through their philanthropic contributions the college’s tradition of preparing leaders and influencing policy in education, health and wellness. The circle is composed of alumni and friends, who wish to support the College of Education through their annual contribution of $1,000 or more to the Educational Excellence Fund.


CRTED was established in 1991 as a faculty-wide Centre for Research for Teacher Education. The Centre engages graduate students, faculty, research assistants, principals, social workers, medical personnel and teachers. For more information about CRTED, visit


CTP represents the efforts of LSU faculty to participate in the future of curriculum theory nationally and internationally; to enhance the doctoral program of curriculum and instruction; and to carry forward the college and university mission to be a leader in educational thought. For more information about the CTP in the LSU College of Education, visit  


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Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011