Karin Sprow Forté, D.Ed.

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Assistant Teaching Professor of Teacher Education and Adult Education, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
Professor-in-Charge, English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist and Leadership Certificate Program
Office Phone
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Olmsted, W331
M-F, 9-11:30
    Biography

    Karin Sprow Forté is the Professor-in-Charge for the ESL Program Specialist and Leadership Program, Assistant Teaching Professor for Lifelong Learning and Adult Education and Teacher Education in the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education, and a member of the Graduate Faculty at Penn State Harrisburg. Her research explores the influence of sociocultural factors in education, teacher education, and clinical experiences, with a focus on critical perspectives, ESL, and online education.

    Research Interests

    Social justice

    Adult learning

    English as a Second Language Teaching and Learning

    Second language acquisition

    Transformative learning

    Teacher preparation

    Professional Development

    Clinical Experiences

    Publications

    Sprow Forté, K. (2018). Why we need bridges. In Benoit, A., and Stevens, K. (Eds.) Leaps of Faith: Stories from Working-Class Scholars in Adult and Higher Education. 2018 Adult and Higher Education Association Book Series.

    Sprow Forté, K. (2014). Adult financial literacy education: A sociocultural perspective. In Sprow Forté, K., Taylor, E. W., & Tisdell, E. J. (eds.). Financial Literacy and Adult Education, New Directions in Adult and Continuing Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

    Sprow Forté, K. (2012). Educating Latinas for financial literacy: A case study. Adult Education Quarterly, 63(3), 215-235.

    Sprow, K. (2008). Spirituality with poetic assistance. Adult Learning, 17(1-4), 7-10.

    Sprow Forté, K., & Blouin, D. (2016). Fostering transformative learning in an online ESL professional development program for K-12 teachers. The Qualitative Report, (21)4, 781-797.

    Sprow Forté, K. & Meister, D. G. (August, 2015). Building Support for English Language Learners: Strategies for Creating a School Culture of Academic Success. Research Brief 8. Camp Hill, PA: Center for Schools and Communities, Capital Area Intermediate Unit.

    Sprow Forté, K., Taylor, E. W., & Tisdell, E. J. (Eds.) (2014). Financial Literacy and Adult Education, New Directions in Adult and Continuing Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

    Sprow Forté, K., Wilburne, J. M., & Swogger, M. J. (In-press, 2021). Building a teacher residency
    collaborative: Mapping the synergistic activities to the continuum of clinical partnership development and growth. In Preparing Quality Teachers: Advances in Clinical Practice. Information Age Publishing.

    Ingerick, P. A., & Sprow Forté, K. (February, 2020). Learning through reflection on social media: Can social justice be served? Dialogues in Social Justice: An Adult Education Journal.

    Tisdell, E. J., Taylor, E. W., & Sprow Forté, K. (2012). Teaching financial literacy: A survey of community-based educators. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 36(5), 531-538.

    Tisdell, E. J., Taylor, E. W., & Sprow Forté, K. (2013). Community based financial literacy adult
    education in a cultural context: A study of teacher beliefs and pedagogical practice. Adult Education Quarterly, 63(4), 338-356.

    Tisdell, E., Taylor, E., & Sprow, K. (2010). Financial Literacy Education for Adult Learners in Community-Based Programs: Report on the Mixed Method Study of Financial Educators. Denver, CO: National Endowment for Financial Education©.

    Tisdell, E., Taylor, E., & Sprow, K. (2010). Toward a Culturally Responsive and Transformative Learning Approach to Financial Literacy Education for Adult Learners in Community-Based Programs: A Practical Resource for Financial Educators. Denver, CO: National Endowment for Financial Education©.

    Velott, D., and Sprow Forté, K. (2019). Toward health equity: Mindfulness and cultural humility as adult education. In Tisdell, E. J., Gupta, K., & Archuleta, K. (Eds.) Medication and Mindfulness in Adult Education. New Direction for Adult and Continuing Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

    Education

    D.Ed. (PSU)

    M.A. (The University of Illinois)

    B.A., M.A. (The University of Alabama)

    Course Schedule
    ADTED 460: Introduction to Adult Education
    ADTED 501: Foundation in Medical Education
    ADTED 502: Program and Instructional Design in Medical Education
    ADTED 510: Historical and Social Issues in Adult Education
    ADTED 542: Perspectives on Adult Learning Theory
    ADTED 580: Seminars in Adult Education
    ADTED 594: Seminars in Adult Education
    ADTED 597: Seminar in Quantitative Methods
    C&I 280: Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language
    EDUC 466: Foundations of Teaching English as a Second Language
    EDUC 467: English Language Structure for ESL Teachers
    EDUC 468: Second Language Acquisition
    EDUC 469: Methods and Assessment in ESL Teaching
    EDUC 475: Leadership, Research, and Advocacy in ESL Teaching
    EDUC 495: Field Internship in ESL
    EDUC 495A: Junior Field Placement
    EDUC 520: Learning Theory for the Classroom
    EDUC 591: Education Seminar