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Anne Karabon

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Wendell and Marlys Thompson Director of the School of Education, Counseling and Human Development

Office Building

Wenona Hall



Mailing Address

Wenona Hall 108A
School of Educ, Counseling & Human Dev-Box 0507
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Dr. Karabon began her professional career as an early childhood and public elementary school teacher and received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in early childhood curriculum and instruction and Qualitative Research. Dr. Karabon's is committed to partnering with community institutions to understand and address urgent social problems by generating insights into the authentic, multiple voices and perspectives of community members.

Awards and Honors

Recipient of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award.

Area(s) of Research

Dr. Karabon's research and publications focus on the social, geographical, developmental, and cultural factors that impact a person’s learning experiences, specifically how early educators draw on children's funds of knowledge- the multiple resources and knowledge acquired from daily experiences at home, in the community, and in play- to inform teaching practices.

Dr. Karabon has published articles in a range of outlets, including Early Childhood Development and Care, TaTE, TEQ, Journal of Latinos and Education, and Early Years: An International Research Journal.

Applications of Research

Dr. Karabon has studied how children appraise risk taking during play and was a co-PI on an NSF-funded grant researching how early elementary school teachers can incorporate biomechanics (how the body moves) into inquiry-based science and mathematics curriculum. She and a colleague published a teacher activity book to use with children, Journey's Biomechanics Adventure with Scout and Friends.