Dr. Ostlund teaches Hands-on-Science, a four-semester integrated science curriculum for undergraduate pre-service elementary teachers at The University of Texas at Austin. She was previously a specialist in GEMS (Great Exploration in Math and Science) at the University of California, Berkeley.
Karen was also a Master Teacher at UT Austin and served as Director at the Center for New Teacher Success. She has been teaching at the higher education level since 1985.
- Ostlund, K. and Mercier, S. (2006) Assessing the Process Skills of Inquiry: Primary Grades. S & K Associates; Fresno, California.
- Ostlund, K. and Mercier, S. (1999). Rising to the Challenge of the National Science Education Standards: The Processes of Science Inquiry. Primary Grades. S & K Associates: Fresno, California.
- Ostlund, K. and Mercier, S. (1996). Rising to the Challenge of the National Science Education Standards: The Processes of Science Inquiry. Grades 5-8. S & K Associates: Fresno,
- Ostlund, Karen. (2007) Master Teachers in the UTeach Program. The Texas Science Teacher. 36 (1): 20-30.
- Ostlund, Karen. (2005) Scaffolded Inquiry. The Journal of the Council for Elementary Science International. CESI Science. 38, (1),: 30-32.
- Ostlund, K. (1998) " What the Research Says About Science Process Skills: How can teaching science process skills improve student performance in reading, language arts, and mathematics?" The Electronic Journal of Science Education (EJSE), 2 (4): June 1998.
- Ostlund, K.; Gennaro, G. and Dobbert, M. (1985). "A Naturalistic Study of Children and their Parents in Family Learning Courses in Science," Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 22 (8): 723-742.