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Conceptual Framework

The Educator Preparation programs at Keene State College have developed a comprehensive conceptual framework based on four themes:

  • Explore the dynamic nature of the teaching and learning process
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors and meet high expectations and standards
  • Understand the world through multiple perspectives
  • Contribute to a just and equitable world

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Theme 1

Explore the dynamic nature of the teaching and learning process

Aristotle’s statement “Teaching is the higher form of understanding,” reminds us of the important interaction between teaching and learning. In a multicultural world, teaching and learning occur in many settings and are influenced by developmental, social, linguistic, and personality variables. Utilizing multiple differentiated instructional strategies, implementing authentic assessment approaches, reflecting on the success of each learning experience, and developing a deep understanding of developmentally appropriate practices all contribute to the success of the teaching and learning process. More about Theme 1

Theme 2

Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors and meet high expectations and standards

In a world dominated by corporate scandal, political corruption, and individual dishonesty, it is incumbent upon educational professionals to model the highest professional and ethical standards in their professional and personal lives. Society has high expectations for its educators, and scrutinizes their behavior both in and out of the classroom setting. Analysis of professional expectations and codes of ethics becomes a vehicle for reflection and personal growth that goes beyond a basic understanding of appropriate appearance and language and moves to an awareness of issues of confidentiality, response to harassment, and tolerance. Knowledge and acceptance of personal responsibility for one’s actions; respect and empathy for others; a clear understanding of the legal mandates and moral obligations of the profession; and the ability to implement ones’ values in the “real world” are all important components of ethical behavior. More about Theme 2

Theme 3

Understand the world through multiple perspectives

The demographics of the KSC student body and of the region in which we are located do not yet reflect the diversity of the United States and of the world. Because of that fact, we are especially committed to guiding our students to move beyond their “home town” perspectives in order to develop an understanding and respect for the peoples of the world and for the impact of globalization on our cultures and on our educational systems. Knowledge gained from courses taken in the traditional liberal arts disciplines, combines with knowledge gained from personal experiences, guest speakers, readings, reflection, and self-examination. The result is a strengthening of the self-knowledge and the creation of windows to new understandings that reflect the awareness of diverse perspectives. More about Theme 3

Theme 4

Contribute to a just and equitable world

Teaching is a political act, and educational systems are impacted by global, political, social, economic, and cultural changes. Teachers and other school personnel have significant influence and impact on their P-16 students, and must acknowledge that role in the education community as well as in the larger society. By emphasizing the importance of embracing the political nature of education, developing a sense of service to the community, and working to become advocates for all learners and their families, we empower education professionals to see themselves as citizens of the global world and as change agents. By analyzing the dominant perspective and working for inclusion and diversity, we develop respect for each other as unique humans and affirm and expand upon individual viewpoints and experiences. More about Theme 4