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Karen F. Osterman

Professor Emerita of Specialized Programs in Education


PHD, 1984, Washington Univ; MPIA, 1970, Univ Pittsburgh Pittsburgh; BA, 1967, Emmanuel Coll


Received her B.A. in sociology and behavioral sciences from Emmanuel College, an MPIA in economic and social development at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and a Ph.D. in educational administration and policy from Washington University. Her teaching and research focus broadly on motivation in a social context with particular emphasis on organizational structures and processes that affect the workplace behavior of adults and students. Areas of interest include the use of reflective practice for professional development, interpersonal communication, and student engagement.

Selected Titles:

Osterman, K., & Kottkamp, R. (2004). Reflective Practice: Professional Development to Improve Student Learning (2nd ed). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Osterman, K.F. (June, 2003). Challenges to educational leaders in the public policy environment. Long Island Education Review, Vol. 3, Issue 1, 43-45.

Osterman, K. (April 2003). Preventing Student Violence. Phi Delta Kappan.

Osterman, K. (Fall 2000). Students' Need for Belonging in the School Community, Review of Educational Research, 70(3), 323-367.

Osterman, K. (2002). Schools as Communities for Students. In G. Furman-Brown (Ed.), School as Community: From Promise to Practice. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

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