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Marilyn Draheim

Department Chair, Assistant Dean, Associate Professor


Phone: 209.946.2685


PhD, University of California, Berkeley Language and Literacy Development,1986

EdS, University of Iowa Higher Education, Community College Emphasis, 1974

MA, University of Iowa English, 1974

BA, Luther College, 1972

Educators are intimately aware of how important learning is for individuals and for our communities.  Humans must engage in learning for growth, development, survival, community participation, and personal needs and interests.  Many theories of human learning contribute to our individual and collective growth, such as: behaviorist; constructivist; social and cognitive development; language and learning; and culturally responsive learning.  Individuals have preferences in learning, with such theories  as multiple intelligence; learning styles; expert and novice scaffolding; depth of experience; and reflection, all having some influence in the quest for knowledge.  We all want to become more proficient, confident, and enriched with depth of knowledge and application through experiences.  We learn from our successes and our mistakes.  We learn alone and with others.  Some content areas are easier than others, and some situations are easier to navigate than others.  Our emotions also influence learning as we face new situations, as well as how we reflect on our abilities. We are influenced by others in our cultural, social, and political communities. Our history can influence what we learn and what resources are available. We can advocate for change in what we learn and be involved in understanding why it is important to be advocates for learning and for access for all to knowledge.   


  • Language and Literacy Development
  • Composition Research
  • Teacher Education


  • EDUC 356, Applied Inquiry III
  • EDUC 010, Dean's Seminar:  Introduction to the Teaching Profession
  • EDUC 302, Issues in Teacher Education
  • PACS 003, What is an Ethical Life?  (Senior General Education)
  • EDUC 100, Introduction to Language
  • EPSY 121x, Learning Centered Concerns

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