with members of the
Travelstead family, 2017


Craig Kridel
E. S. Gambrell Distinguished Professor of Education Emeritus
Curator Emeritus, Museum of Education
University of South Carolina

"One of the conditions of happiness is the opportunity of a calling, 
a career which somehow is congenial to one’s own temperament." John Dewey


I served as the E. S. Gambrell Professor of Education in the Department of Educational Studies and Curator of the Museum of Education. In this role, I taught courses in foundations of education and biographical research. This homepage, as originally requested by my department, described the different areas of my work–namely, my research, teaching, and various administrative projects. Now retired from the College of Education, I continue my research and service activities and maintain an office at Thomas Cooper Library.

My research interests include Progressive education as portrayed through biographical research and, quite specifically, as represented in the Eight Year Study and the Secondary School Study (Black High School Study). I am active in the American Educational Research Association and, as a former aesthetic educator, I continue to involve myself with various historical music organizations and research activities–notably, as coordinator of Berlioz Historical Brass (an ensemble devoted to the presentation of early 19th century brass instruments) and Harmoniemusik North America, organology (the research of early 19th century bass horns), and as a "special friend" of The Tigers (an African-American shout band from Charlotte).

These webpages are meant to be informative and to serve as an invitation for those who wish to explore the field of education (as well aesthetic topics). My motives consist of building communities, and each topic strives to offer additional educational experiences and directions for further research. 

with Helen van Dongen after an oral history interview while conducting film research for the Eight Year Study manuscript, July 2006.
"if I and other teachers truly want to provoke our students
to break through the limits of the conventional
and the taken for granted,
we ourselves have to experience breaks
with what has been established in our own lives;
we have to keep arousing ourselves to begin again."
Maxine Greene

with Maxine Greene at the Museum of Education, 2001

"Thoughtfulness requires wide- awakeness– a willingness to look at the conditions of our lives, to consider alternatives and different possibilities, to challenge received wisdom and the taken for granted, and to link our conduct with our consciousness."
William Ayers

Bill Ayers, Craig Kridel, Bob Bullough,
Museum of Education, 2007





with Peter Schickele at the 2008 AERA Conference, New York City

with members of The Tigers, Carolina Shout, 2006
the Dewey tombstone at the University of Vermont with the same inscription as the motto for the Museum of Education
(the final passage from
A Common Faith

at Brookgreen Gardens with the
English bass horn muse, 2016.

Dr. Craig Kridel
Wardlaw Hall; Room 135
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

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those of the page author.
The contents have not been reviewed
by the University of South Carolina.