1.4 Summarize basic tenets of the conceptual framework, institutional standards and candidate proficiencies related to expected knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions as well as significant changes made to the conceptual framework since the last NCATE review?
The basic tenets of the conceptual framework are summarized by the theme Empowerment for Learning. The tenets are rooted in the belief that the goal of education is to empower learners. Conceptually, empowerment is a dynamic, multidimensional construct that is both a process and an outcome. Empowerment of candidates occurs through three major types of learning experiences: (a) content – development of knowledge, skills, and abilities; (b) process – the development of a repertoire of learning/thinking strategies for creative thinking and problem solving; and, (c) self-efficacy – social, intellectual and personal competence. As candidates progress through the preparation program at Campbellsville University, they will participate in empowering processes - content, process, and self-efficacy learning experiences. The outcome of this developmental, empowerment process is impact on student learning in the P-12 classroom.
Several changes have occurred in the Conceptual Framework since the previous visit. Although the theme itself has not changed, reviews resulted in consensus to emphasize visually the outcome of the empowerment process – impact on P-12 student learning – to reflect that same emphasis in the curriculum. Therefore, images of children are now included in the graphic. Another change concerns the need to revise language throughout the document from teacher preparation to educator preparation since the program now includes one administrator preparation program, Director of Special Education. Another revision was made changing New Teacher Standards (NTS) and Experienced Teacher Standards (ETS) to Kentucky Teacher Standards (KTS). The standards operationalize the Conceptual Framework, identifying the professional commitments and proficiencies candidates must demonstrate. Lastly, citations have been updated to include current research in all the empowerment dimensions.