Jerome C. Harste

Dr. Jerome C. HarsteDr. Jerome C. Harste taught at Indiana University from 1970 – 2006.  Although his wife maintains that he “flunked retirement” in that he remains active in the profession, he really is officially retired from IU.

Dr. Harste considers himself both a literacy scholar and a watercolor artist.  The Harste Alternative Literacy Scholarship which IU created in his name is available to advanced graduate students who also share an interest in the relationship between literacy and the arts.

For more information on Dr. Harste’s scholarly pursuits see below and the heading, Harste as Scholar which contains A Narrative Bio and Recent Publications.  Under Resume you will find a One-Page Vita as well as a Full Resume, up-dated August 2013. Quotable Quotes contains some of the oral and written comments Dr. Harste is most noted for.

For more information on Dr. Harste’s artists pursuits see below and the heading, Harste as Artist.  Subcategories with this heading allows you to explore his art work including his Watercolors, Mixed  Water Media, Pen & Ink Drawings, Ceramics, as well as his Poetry and his family’s pastime, making Sand Sculptures at Myrtle Beach State Park in South Carolina. 

Harste as Scholar

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Professor Harste is an expert in early written language literacy learning. His extensive studies of what young children know about reading and writing prior to school pushed the field of literacy education toward a socio-psycholinguistic theory of literacy learning. [Read more]

Harste as Artist

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A self-professed life long “doodler” and an advocate of arts-based education,  Jerry enrolled in his first watercolor course in 2006 after retiring from Indiana University. He has continued to enjoy the creative process and exploring new mediums. [Explore Jerry's Artwork]