Dr. Karen L. Parker earned an Ed.D. in Reading and Varying Exceptionalities at the
University of Miami, M.S. in Reading at Florida International University, and B.A. in
Music at Tennessee Temple University. She is licensed as a school psychologist, reading
specialist, and special educator. Dr. Parker ministered as a teacher and administrator in
Christian schools for 16 years and then accepted a faculty position at Liberty University
in 1986. She served ten years at L.U. as the Teacher Education Department Chair before
her appointment as Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Parker is committed to the School
of Education's mission to prepare competent professionals with a Biblical world
view. Married for more than 40 years to Dr. Leonard W. Parker, the Parkers have been
blessed with four daughters and nine grandchildren. 

Articles

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Vocabulary with Character: Lessons from Newberry Books, Faculty Publications and Presentations (2013)
 

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Enhancing Christian School Experiences for Pre-Service Teachers Through Service Learning Partnerships (with Beth E. Ackerman and Leonard W. Parker), Journal of Research on Christian Education (2010)

This article gives an overview of service learning as it relates to the integration of...

 

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Learning Style Diversity in Post –Secondary Distance Education (with Douglas J. Mattson and Clarence C. Holland), Christian Perspectives in Education (2009)

During the fall semester of 2005, 153 university graduate students’ preferred learning styles were measured...

 

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Enhancing Christian School Experiences for Pre-Service Teachers through Service-Learning Partnerships (with Beth E. Ackerman and Leonard W. Parker), Christian Perspectives in Education (2008)

The mission of the Teacher Licensure Program at Liberty University is to develop competent professionals...

 

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Challenge Your Gifted Middle School Students, Faculty Publications and Presentations (2007)

Best practices in gifted education include inquiry-based instruction, compacting the curriculum, flexible grouping, and instructional...

 

Contributions to Books

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Evaluation and Mentoring of Online Faculty (with Beth Ackerman), Forum for Christian Educators: What role does Christian higher education play in the changing landscape of education? (2011)

The world of online education has created new challenges to these unique learning environments. One...

 

Unpublished Papers

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Character Education in Literature-Based Instruction (with Beth E. Ackerman), American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (2007)

As schools mandate character education, teachers face the dilemma of crowding another requirement into their...

 

Presentations

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Comprehension with Character: Lessons from Newberry Books, Faculty Publications and Presentations (2012)
 

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An In-Depth Analysis of Character Traits Depicted in Newberry Medal Books from the 1920s to the 2000s (with Kimberly Fleming), Faculty Publications and Presentations (2012)
 

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Reflection of Teacher Candidates on Differentiation in the Classroom Using Learning Style Profiles (with Leonard W. Parker), Faculty Publications and Presentations (2012)
 

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Fluency with Character: Lessons from Newbery Books, Annual Conference of the Virginia State Reading Association (2011)
 

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Count Me In: Intentional Activities for Numeric Reasoning, ACSI Early Education Conference (2010)
 

Other

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Message from the Editors, Christian Perspectives in Education (2008)