How do you train teachers for the future?
Conceptual frameworks, typically used as the first step in scholarly research, are taking on an importance even beyond academia. Today, as business organizations struggle to embrace collaboration among diverse stakeholders working in many different locations, developing clear conceptual frameworks is key to communicating a shared vision, one based on an organized set of values and definitions that help everyone work toward a common goal.
Inspired by both academic and commercial approaches, the College of Education has established its own conceptual framework to support its mission, which is to "impact student learning, one educator at a time."
"We developed our conceptual framework to inform the design, implementation and evaluation of our curriculum, and to set expectations for teaching and learning by our faculty and students," regional assistant dean Connie Lorthridge explains. "The objective of our degree programs is to prepare students to possess the knowledge, skills, dispositions and dedication to lifelong learning that support their practice as P-12 educational professionals."
Those four core elements (knowledge, skills, dispositions and lifelong learning) frame seven major themes: