D. Beth Scott, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor of Literacy Education, Behavioral Sciences and Education
Program Coordinator, Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum
Teaching and Curriculum Graduate Faculty
Literacy Education Graduate Faculty
Office Phone: +1 717 948 6335
Office Location: Olmsted Building, W331
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After having had many opportunities to work with children while in junior and senior high school, Dr. Scott pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. She then taught at an International Primary School in Papua New Guinea, a private school outside Philadelphia, and most recently in Central Dauphin School District in Harrisburg, PA as both a classroom teacher and a reading specialist after receiving her Masters of Teaching and Curriculum with a reading specialist certificate from Penn State Harrisburg. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in College Park in 2011 and joined the faculty at Penn State Harrisburg full time after having taught as an adjunct for two years.

Research Interests
Facilitating student comprehension of lengthy expository text by teaching them to identify rhetorical patterns used by authors to organize their writing. Examine most effective grade level to provide rhetorical pattern instruction
Examine which rhetorical patterns are used in textbooks from various content areas