The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Lelah Beasley Hedrick

Art Education
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Office Address: 
107 Arts Cottage
Having extensive experience teaching at university, secondary, and elementary levels in both public and private settings, I have become concerned with the negative impact on student learning of rigid hierarchies and damaging value judgments as they influence policy decisions, funding, and program adoption. My exposure to dramatically differing populations, funding structures, and educational opportunities as an art educator in both urban and suburban environments, in areas of high crime and great poverty, as well as in communities with great wealth and economic stratification, piqued my interest in the pursuit of research skills, knowledge, and understanding as a foundation for advocacy for equity in arts education. As a Ph.D. student in Art Education at The Pennsylvania State University with a B.F.A. and an M.A. in Art Education from the University of Illinois, I am interested in curriculum theory and pedagogy, the significance of the social interactions that take place in the art classroom in culturally diverse environments, and the implications of geographic, racial, socioeconomic, and sociocultural diversity relating to access, opportunity, and educational equity.