Paradoxes & Praxis: The 21st Century Imperative for Educational Foundations

Craig Kridel

Craig Kridel (from Fundamental Curricular Questions, the 26th NSE Yearbook) is the E. S. Gambrell Professor of Educational Studies at the University of South Carolina. He also curates the Museum of Education at the university.  His research interests are progressive education, educational biography and documentary film. He is working on a study of progressive black schools of the 1940s and continues to do research on educational films of the 1930s and 40s. With R. V. Bullough, Jr. he authored Stories of the Eight Year Study: Rethinking Schooling in America (2007). He was editor of Writing Educational Biography: Explorations in Qualitative Research. With Robert V. Bullough and Paul Shaker, he edited Teachers and Mentors: Profiles of Distinguished Twentieth-Century Professors of Education.
He is the editor of Sage Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies and was consulting editor of the Sage Handbook of Curriculum and Instruction (2005-2006).
He received both a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the College of Education at Ohio State University. His Ph.D. dissertation topic was:  “Toward a Theoretical Base for General Education Curricular Design.”

Dr. Craig Kridel is an E. S. Gambrell Professor of Educational Studies and Curator (a person that oversees a museum) of the Museum of Education at the University of South Carolina in the College of Education and instructs on topics such as biographical research and foundation of education. A follower of John Dewey’s works, his research includes black studies and the foundations of education. His extensive Vitae include numerous awards, publications (ranging from 1976 to 2013), affiliations with an assortment of organizations, and participated in many grant writings. Dr. Kridel also has a musical background and plays the serpent (a bass wind instrument) and he has performed with many musical companies such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Quote from Craig Kridel:
“My motives consist of building communities for my students and colleagues, and each topic strives to offer additional educational experiences and directions for further research.