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Dr. Karen Eppley

Dr. Karen Eppley

Associate Professor

Phone: 814-863-3496

255 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802

Department(s)

  • Curriculum and Instruction

Program(s)

  • Dr. Karen Eppley
  • Literacies and English Language

Center(s)

  • Center on Rural Education and Communities (CREC)

Biography

A former fifth grade teacher, my research interest is at the intersection of literacy education and rural education. I write about rurality as a contested social space within economic globalization, rural literacies, textual representations of rurality, rural education as a matter of social justice, and policy analysis. My current project is a multiple-case study analyzing the experience of community members in rural Pennsylvania communities who opted to use charter law to open a community-operated charter school to replicate the traditional school after its closure. A second project is a co-authored textbook for undergraduate teacher preparation programs that prepare teachers for rural teaching appointments. I edit the Journal of Research in Rural Education (JRRE) and lead a multi-modal, arts-based reading camp each summer in the College for readers entering grades two through six. 

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels

Adolescence
Childhood
Early Childhood

Learning

Curriculum
Equity and Diversity

Curriculum Areas

Language, Culture, and Society Ed
Language/Literacy Ed
Reading

Education Levels

Primary/Elementary

Education Types

Public Ed
Rural Ed

Educational Studies

Critical & Feminist Theory
Cultural Studies
Educational Theory
Globalization

Individual Difference

Identity

Leadership Preparation

Teacher Prep

Methodological Research

Discourse Analysis
Qualitative Research

Social Issues

Charter Schools
Education Policy

Teacher Preparation

In-service Teachers
Pre-service Teachers
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