Karen Harris

1050 S. Forest Mall
434E Farmer Bldg
Tempe
Mary Emily Warner Professor of Education
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1811

Biography

Karen R. Harris is the Mary Emily Warner Professor of Education. She has worked in education for more than 40 years, initially as a general education teacher and then as a special education teacher. Dr. Harris has chosen throughout her teaching and research career to work in highly diverse schools in low-income areas due to her commitment to improving teaching and learning for all students. She is interested in validating instructional approaches for heterogeneous classrooms derived from integrating multiple, evidence-based theories and practices.

Dr. Harris developed the Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) model of strategies instruction, which has been deemed evidence-based in both special and general education. SRSD has been most extensively researched in the area of writing, although researchers have also addressed reading, math, and homework. Her current research focuses on continued refinement of SRSD; practice-based professional development in SRSD for special and general educators; development of new writing and reading strategies to address reading and writing to learn; computer supported SRSD instruction; and integrating SRSD instruction with evidence-based practices in handwriting, spelling, sentence construction, and vocabulary in early grades. 

Dr. Harris is a former editor of the Journal of Educational Psychology and the lead editor of the APA Educational Psychology Handbook. She has authored 14 books and more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in special education, general education, and educational psychology. She is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association and has served in leadership roles for AERA, APA, and CEC. Selected awards include the Council for Exceptional Children Career Award for Research, the AERA Division C Scribner Award for a program of work that has significantly influenced thinking and research in the field of learning and instruction, and the AERA Division K Exemplary Publication Award for research in professional development. 

Funded projects include: 

Wijekumar, K., Harris, K.R., Graham, S., & McKeown, D. (July 31, 2018 to August 1, 2022). Efficacy of We-Write: A Teacher-Led and Computer-Supported Intervention with Fourth and Fifth Grade Students. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Educational Sciences. $ 3,299,914

Gray, S, Restrepto, L., Artilles, A., Harris, K.R., & Graham, S. (Co-PIs, August, 2017  July 2022). Interdisciplinary Program to Prepare Faculty in Evidence-Based Interventions for English Language Learners with Learning Disabilities. U.S. Department of Education, $1,250,000.

Kim, Y-S, & Harris, K.R. (Co-PIs, August, 2017- July, 2020). SRSD Plus  Writing and Transcription Intervention for Children in Grades 1 and 2. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Educational Sciences, $1,400,000.

Hall, T., Harris, K.R., & Graham, S. (Co-PIs, July 31, 2017 to August 1, 2020). Keys to Writing Smarter: An Online UDL Writing Workbench for Students with High Incidence Disabilities. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Educational Sciences, $1,399,656.

Schlichtmann, G., Hall, T., & Harris, K.R. (Co-PIs, August, 2015-July, 2019). The UDL Science Notebook: Scaling an Inclusive Solution to Sense Making in Science. U.S. Department of Education-OSEP: Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities 84-305D2015-1, CFDA #84.327S, $2,499,611.

Education

  • Ed.D. Special Education  Learning Disabilities, minors: Research and Statistics; Educational Administration, Auburn University, AL 1981
  • M.A. Educational Psychology: Statistics, Learning, and Child Development, University of Nebraska 1978
  • B.A. Elementary Education (Summa Cum Laude), University of Northern Colorado 1974
  • B.A. Education of the Acoustically Handicapped (Summa Cum Laude), University of Northern Colorado 1974

Research Interests

Learning and instruction, literacy, writing, reading for writing, self-regulation, professional development, practice-based professional development, learning disabilities, struggling learners, strategies instruction, SRSD

Current Research Projects:

Wijekumar, K., Harris, K.R., Graham, S., & McKeown, D. (July 31, 2018 to August 1, 2022). Efficacy of We-Write: A Teacher-Led and Computer-Supported Intervention with Fourth and Fifth Grade Students. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Educational Sciences. $ 3,299,914

Gray, S, Restrepto, L., Artilles, A., Harris, K.R., & Graham, S. (Co-PIs, August, 2017  July 2022). Interdisciplinary Program to Prepare Faculty in Evidence-Based Interventions for English Language Learners with Learning Disabilities. U.S. Department of Education, $1,250,000.

Kim, Y-S, & Harris, K.R. (Co-PIs, August, 2017- July, 2020). SRSD Plus  Writing and Transcription Intervention for Children in Grades 1 and 2. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Educational Sciences, $1,400,000.

Hall, T., Harris, K.R., & Graham, S. (Co-PIs, July 31, 2017 to August 1, 2020). Keys to Writing Smarter: An Online UDL Writing Workbench for Students with High Incidence Disabilities. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Educational Sciences, $1,399,656.

Schlichtmann, G., Hall, T., & Harris, K.R. (Co-PIs, August, 2015-July, 2019). The UDL Science Notebook: Scaling an Inclusive Solution to Sense Making in Science. U.S. Department of Education-OSEP: Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities 84-305D2015-1, CFDA #84.327S, $2,499,611.

Publications

Harris, K. R., & Graham, S. (in press). Self-regulated strategy development: Theoretical bases,  critical instructional elements, and future research. In R. Fidalgo & T. Olive (Series Eds.) & R. Fidalgo, K. R. Harris, & M. Braaksma (Vol. Eds.), Studies in Writing: Vol. X, Design Principles for teaching effective writing: Theoretical and empirical grounded principles. Leiden, NL: Brill Editions

Harris, K.R., & Graham, S. (2016). Self-regulated strategy development in writing: Policy implications of an evidence-based practice. Policy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 3, 77-84. DOI: http://bbs.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/2372732215624216v1.pdf?ijkey=SgqI7iI7IIrq7ln&keytype=finite 

Harris, K.R., Graham, S., & Adkins, M.  (2015). Practice-based professional development and self-regulated strategy development for Tier 2, at-risk writers in second grade. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 40, 5-16. (Recipient, 2016 AERA Division K Publication Award)

Research Activity

Courses

Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 599Thesis
DCI 790Reading and Conference
RDG 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 599Thesis
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 691Seminar
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 599Thesis
COE 691Seminar
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 599Thesis
DCI 791Seminar
DCI 792Research
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
DCI 599Thesis
DCI 791Seminar

Presentations

DCI 691: Introduction to Quantitative Research Design and Methods

COE 691: Advanced Quantitative Research Design and Methods

DCI 792  Research

DCI 791  Proposal Writing Seminar

DCI 791  Scholarly Writing Seminar

DCI 790  Reading and Conference: Foundational Theories in Learning and Teaching

TEL 504  Learning and Instruction