Gerald LeTendre
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Gerald LeTendre

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Gerald LeTendre

Professor of Education and International Affairs
Department Head, Education Policy Studies

Educational Theory & Policy
Comparative & International Education
310G Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802-3203
Phone: 814-863-3771
Fax: 814-865-1480


Dr. LeTendre has extensive experience with cross-national, multi-methods studies of education. He worked on both The Third International Math-Science Study (TIMSS) and the IEA Civic Education Project, looking at issues of achievement and socialization among early adolescents, and has been a consultant to the Board on International and Comparative Education of the National Research Council. He was a Fulbright scholar in Bremen, Germany and currently edits the American Journal of Education.

Areas of Expertise

  • Teacher Work Roles
  • Comparative Education
  • Educational Policy

Publications (Full CV available here)

  • Co-author with Motoko Akiba of Improving Teacher Quality (Teachers College Press)
  • Co-author with Dr. David Baker of National Differences, Global Similarities (Stanford University Press)

Professional Experience & Activities 

  • Senior Fulbright Scholar
  • Spencer Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the National Academy of Education
  • Senior researcher on a three-year joint National Science Foundation/Fund for the Improvement of Education Grant which supports analysis of the Third International Math-Science Study

Honors & Awards

Recipient of a Japan Foundation Fellowship for his dissertation work, a Johann Jacobs Young Scholar Award and a National Academy of Education/Spencer Post-doctoral Fellow


  • Ph.D in Education from Stanford University
  • Master in Sociology from Stanford University
  • B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University