Karen Bledsoe

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Karen Bledsoe, Instructor, Biology

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My personal Philosophy of Education

My current Curriculum Vitae

Years at Western: 8 (1995-2000, 2007-present)

Other teaching experience:

  • Linn-Benton Community College, Biology Department, 2004-2006, part-time
  • Oregon State University, Department of Science and Mathematics Education, 2001-2002 (TA)
  • High School Biology teacher, Salem-Keizer School District, 1991-1995
  • Environmental Educator, Youth Interpretive Program, City of Salem, 1989-1990

Academic Record:

  • B.S. Biology, Willamette University
  • M.S. Plant Systematics and Ecology, Oregon State University
  • M.A.T. and Oregon Standard Teaching Licence, Willamette University
  • Ph.D. Science Education, Oregon State University.

Courses taught: General Biology series (101, 102, 103), Honors Biology, Biology for Elementary Teachers, Bi 213 labs


  • 2008 Oregon Mathematics and Science Partnerships (Oregon ESEA Title IIB)
  • 2007 Faculty Travel Award, WOU

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Subject specialties: General biology; Pacific Northwest botany; Adult learning; Student conceptual formation in science; Cognition.

Research interests: Assessing and addressing student conceptions in science; Task-based learning;Situated cognition and metacognition; School-University partnerships.


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