kkoeppen01@hamline.edu
kim koeppen

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Kim Koeppen
kkoeppen01@hamline.edu
(651) 523-2241
St. Paul Main Campus > West Hall > WEST 221

Kim Koeppen

Professor and Director of Undergraduate

Contact Info

Kim Koeppen
kkoeppen01@hamline.edu
(651) 523-2241
St. Paul Main Campus > West Hall > WEST 221

Biography

Kim Koeppen is a professor in the Teacher Education Department at Hamline University. She is also the Program lead for the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program and the Director of the Social Studies Major within the CLA. Koeppen received her BA from Iowa State University, her MSEd from Northern Illinois University, and her PhD from the University of Iowa. Koeppen was elected by her peer members of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education as the Midwestern Regional Representative for the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education (AILACTE). Koeppen is committed to promoting more powerful and meaningful learning experiences in social studies classrooms. To this end, she recently co-facilitated a half-day pre-conference clinic at the annual meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies in St. Louis. This clinic was a time to engage K-12 classroom teachers in curriculum development focused specifically on weaving controversial issues into their existing social studies lessons.

Teaching Style

Professor Koeppen believes that students need to be actively engaged in constructing knowledge. She wants students to honor the complex nature of teaching and to seek broader rather than simplified understandings of the teaching and learning context. She incorporates teaching strategies and materials designed to provide students a foundation from which to make reasoned educational decisions in the future.

"I think passive learning is an oxymoron. I want students to actively engage with the arguments presented in course materials and explore ways that this information supports and challenges personal experiences. I try to ask questions for which I do not necessarily have answers: how do your experiences as a student influence your interpretation of educational theory? your work with students?"

- Kim Koeppen

Publications

Koeppen, K. E. (2010). Issues-Centered Social Studies Unit Sampler, In E. Heilman, R. Fruja & M. Missias (Eds.) Social Studies and Diversity Teacher Education: What we do and why we do it (pp. 246-248). New York: Routledge.

Koeppen, K. E. & Davison-Jenkins, J. (2007). Teacher dispositions: Envisioning their role in education. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.