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Karen Zumwalt

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A., Mount Holyoke College (political science with minor in economics); M.A.T., Harvard University Graduate School of Education (social studies); Ph.D., University of Chicago (Education: curriculum and philosophy)

Dissertation Title: The Evaluative Environment of Classrooms

Scholarly Interests

Teacher education. Curriculum. Teaching. Alternative routes to teaching.

Selected Publications

"Research on teaching: Policy implications for teacher education" (NSSE Yearbook, Policy Making in Education).

Improving Teaching (ASCD Yearbook).

"Curriculum Implementation" (AERA Handbook of Research on Curriculum).

"Beginning professional teachers: The need for a curricular vision of teaching" (AACTE Knowledge Base for the Beginning Teacher).

"Teachers' characteristics: Research on  the demographic profile" and "Research on indicators of quality" (Studying Teacher Education: The Report of the AERA Panel on Research and Teacher Education).

 "Who is Teaching? Does it Matter?" (ATE Handbook of Research on Teacher Education: Enduring Issues in Changing Contexts)

C&T 4130: Critical perspectives in elementary education

Required for all professional certification M.A. students (elementary). Co-requisite: C&T 4502 (section 1). Examination of issues related to contemporary elementary education in the United States from the perspective of teacher as a reflective practitioner and curriculum maker, with a focus on teaching for social justice. Designed to complement students masters action research projects.

C&T 4161: The teacher: Socio-historical, cultural contexts of teaching

Exploration of what it means to be a teacher through analysis of historical studies, teacher autobiographies, proposals for change, and personal reflection. Focus questions are: What is a good teacher? What is a professional teacher? Prerequisite: PreK-12 teaching experience.

C&T 4502: Master's project

Permission required. Required for M.A. students in the Curriculum and Teaching Program. Students work to develop proposals to initiate required Masters action research project.

C&T 4900: Research and independent study: Curriculum and teaching

Masters degree students undertake research and independent study under the direction of a faculty member.

C&T 6900: Directed research and theory development in curriculum and teaching

Permission required.

C&T 7500: Dissertation seminar in curriculum and teaching

Two semesters required of all doctoral candidates in the department unless proposal is defended in the first semester. Development of doctoral dissertations and presentation of proposals for approval.

C&T 8900: Dissertation advisement in curriculum and teaching

Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D. degree.

Documents & Papers

Karen Zumwalt appeared in the following articles:

A Group of TC Faculty Condemns the Release of Teacher Evaluations Based on Student Test Scores (3/8/2012)

TENURE BATTLES OF 2011 (2/25/2011)

Dear Chancellor-Select: Not That You Asked Us, But... (11/20/2010)

TC Faculty Question Education Secretary's Vision (1/11/2010)

Only the Bathwater -- Or the Baby, Too? (11/21/2006)

Equity Symposium to Focus on NCLB at Midpoint (11/6/2006)

Teaching For Tomorrow - The Making of a Teacher (11/17/2005 4:36:09 PM)

Cathy Benedict (2/7/2005)

Specialist in Teacher Education Appointed Dean of Teachers College, Columbia University (6/28/2002 1:06:15 PM)

Future of TC and Plans for this Year (9/18/2001 6:12:33 PM)

New Tactic Taken to Fight State Tests (6/26/2001)

Zumwalt Leaves Dean's Post: Search for New Dean Begins (1/1/2001)

A Marriage Made in Cyberspace (10/1/2000)

State of the College: A Time of Transition (10/1/2000)

Graduates Sing 'Happy Birthday' to Governor Hunt of North Carolina (6/1/2000)

Five Education Leaders to Be Honored (5/1/2000)

A Campus of Difference: Valuing Diversity on the Teachers College Campus (4/1/2000)

A Convergence of Public Interest and Public Policy (4/1/2000)

Schoonmaker and Steiner-Khamsi are Awarded the 2000-2001 TC Faculty Research Fellowships (4/1/2000)

The PDS Partnership Celebrates Charter and Raises Critical Issues (4/1/2000)

Teachers College: A Leader in Educating Leaders (1/1/2000)

State of the College: 8 steps to the future (9/1/1999)

Uncertified Teachers in City Schools (6/11/1999)

Convocation Ceremonies Celebrate New Beginnings and Honor Contributions to Education (6/1/1999)

Improving Service At TC (6/1/1999)

TC Employees Recognized for Long-Term Service (6/1/1999)

Town Meeting Updates Community (6/1/1999)

Preliminary Budget Presented to the Faculty (3/1/1999)

TC Community Town Meeting (12/1/1998)

TC Doctoral Student in C & T Wins NCTE Award (11/1/1998)

Fall Convocation: Looking to the Future (9/1/1998)

Leave 'Em Laughing: Bill Cosby Speaks at Master's Convocation (9/1/1998)

Eduardo Frei, President of Chile, Visits TC To Help Launch New Era of Cooperation (6/1/1998)

Ninth Annual Long Term Service Reception (5/13/1998)

Professor Margaret Jo Shepherd's Retirement Party (4/6/1998)

TC Communique Issue 1, Number 5 (1/1/1998)

TC Communique Issue 1, Number 4 (12/1/1997)

V.P. Al Gore: Nation Must Recruit Two Million Quality Teachers (10/24/1997)

Faculty Recognition (9/23/1997)

Fall Orientation (9/23/1997)

Getting to Know Joan Malczewski (9/23/1997)

President and Dean Present the State of the College Address (9/23/1997)

TC Communique Issue 1, Number 1 (9/1/1997)

$1 Million Grant from Spencer Foundation will Support a New Type of Doctoral Research Experience (1/15/1997)

A. Harry Passow: Memorial to Noted Educator Takes Form of Exhibit in Cyberspace (7/8/1996)