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Dr. Ken Carano

Dr. Ken Carano

Assistant Professor, MAT Program Coordinator, Teacher Education

503-838-8604 | caranok@mail.wou.edu | Education Building, Room 235

I am a returned Peace Corps volunteer who spent two years, with my wife, teaching elementary students and running an after-school program in Suriname, South America. In fall 2011 I joined Western Oregon University as assistant professor in the Division of Teacher Education with an emphasis in social studies education. My Ph.D. is in curriculum and instruction from University of South Florida. Prior to coming to WOU, I taught high school social studies for nine years in Sarasota County, Florida. Additionally, I spent five years as adjunct instructor at University of South Florida teaching social studies methods courses. My work has been published in journals such as Social Education, The Social Studies and The Social Studies Review, and two of my anthologies of life in Suriname were published in the novel Volunteer Tales. I have presented internationally and nationwide at conferences such as NCSS, OCSS, SITE, PDK Global Education Summit and the AERA. My research interests are global perspectives in teacher education programs and preparing students to be effective citizens in a world that is becoming increasingly interconnected.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction: The University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
  • M.S. in Social Science Education: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • B.A. in Psychology: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Teaching Focus Areas

  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Teacher Education; MAT Coordinator

Funding and Grants

  • Geographic Education Collaboration Planning Grant. (2013-2014). The Oregon Community Foundation. $75,000.
  • Carano, K. (2014, BizKids in K-12 Social Studies, MAPS Credit Union, $5,000
  • Caranok, K. (Spring, 2014). DTE Budget Committee Grant, Western Oregon University DTE. $350.
  • Carano, K. (2013). BizKids in Elementary Social Studies, MAPS Credit Union. $5,000.
  • Carano, K. (Spring, 2013). DTE Budget Committee Grant, Western Oregon University DTE. $300.
  • Carano, K. (Fall, 2012). DTE Budget Committee Grant, Western Oregon University DTE. $250.
  • Carano, K. (2011). HAVA Grant, Oregon Secretary of State Office. $20,00

Professional Experience

  • 2013- current MAT Program Coordinator
  • 2014 – current Assessment and TWS Committee
  • 2013- current LCEC Council
  • 2013- current DTE Steering Committee

 

Professional Memberships

  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • National Council for Geographic Education
  • Oregon Council for the Social Studies
  • Oregon Geographic Alliance
  • American Educational Research Association
  • College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies International Assembly

Awards and Honors

  • 2006 Invited scholar for the Ackerman colloquium
  • 2001Short Story Laureate – Verses Magazine

Graduate Courses

  • ED 534 Content Pedagogy I: Social Studies
  • ED 536 Content Pedagogy II: Social Studies
  • ED 637 Advanced Content Pedagogy: Social Studies (M.S. Ed.)
  • ED 656 Professional Seminar I: Action Research

Undergraduate Courses

  • ED 352 Elementary Social Studies Methods
  • ED 452 Applied Human Learning I
  • ED 434 Content Pedagogy I: Social Studies
  • ED 436 Content Pedagogy II: Social Studies

Recent Publications/Presentations

Chapters in Books:

  • Carano, K. T., Stuckart, D. W. (2013). Blogging for global literacy and cross-cultural awareness. In L. Nganga, J. Kambutu, & W. B. Russell III (Eds.), Exploring globalization opportunities and challenges in social studies: Effective instructional approaches. (pp. 179-196). New York: Peter Lang.
  • Carano, K. T., Keefer, N. K., Berson, M. J. (2008). Youth Talk for civic action: An examination of digital networking tools. In P. J. VanFossen, M. J. Berson (Eds.), The electronic republic?: The impact of technology on education for citizenship.(pp. 56-74).West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press

Referred National Journals:

  • Carano, K. T. (2013). Global educators’ personal attribution of a global perspective. Journal of International Social Studies Research, (3)1, 4-18.
  • Carano, K. (2013). An autoethnography: Constructing (& interpreting) cross-cultural awareness through the mind of a Peace Corps volunteer. The Qualitative Report, 18(Art. 35), 1-15.Retrieved from http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR18/carano35.pdf
  • Carano, K. (2013). An autoethnography: Constructing (& interpreting) cross-cultural awareness through the mind of a Peace Corps volunteer. The Qualitative Report, 18(Art. 35), 1-15.Retrieved from http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR18/carano35.pdf