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Dr. Gerald K. LeTendre

Dr. Gerald K. LeTendre
Phone: 8148633771
Office Address:
310G Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Professor of Education (Education Policy Studies)


Education Policy Studies


Educational Leadership
Comparative and International Education

Other Penn State Affiliations

American Journal of Education


Dr. Gerald K. LeTendre is the Harry Lawrence Batschelet II Chair of Educational Administration, and co-editor of The American Journal of Education. He received his B.A. (magna cum laude) in sociology from Harvard University and was awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship to do fieldwork among Tibetan refugees. He completed his graduate work at Stanford University where he received his Master's (sociology) and Ph.D. (education).  He has been the recipient of a Japan Foundation Fellowship, a Johann Jacobs Young Scholar Award, and a Spencer Post-doctoral Fellowship. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Bremen in Germany (2003-2004) and a Fulbright Research Scholar at Sophia University in Tokyo (2016). Dr. LeTendre has published on a broad range of topics in comparative and international education, His books include Learning to be Adolescent (Yale University Press), Improving Teacher Quality (Teachers College Press, co-authored with Motoko Akiba), Promoting and Sustaining a Quality Teacher Workforce (Emerald, co-edited with Alex Wiseman), and most recently The International Handbook of Teacher Quality and Policy (Routledge, co-edited with Motoko Akiba). His current research focuses on how information and communication technology (ICT) -- specifically social robots -- is changing teacher work roles and teacher professional development around the world.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels


Education Levels

Adult Education
Early Childhood
Middle School/Junior High

Education Types

Distance Ed
Private Ed
Public Ed

Educational Studies

Comparative Ed
Educational Theory
International Ed

Individual Difference

Conceptual Change
Learning Processes

Leadership Preparation

Educational Leadership
Teacher Prep


Education Access

Methodological Research

Policy Analysis
Qualitative Research

Social Issues

Comparative and International Education
Education Policy
Social Issues

Teacher Preparation

Professional Development


Classroom Assistive Technology
Computer Technology
Video/Visual Technology

Courses Taught

EDLDR/EDTHP/HIED 586  Introduction to Qualitative Methods

EDLDR 801 Introduction to Teacher Leadership

EDLDR 802 How Schools Work

EDLDR 894 Teacher Leadership Capstone