Students Role in National Development

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Preparing Teachers as Agents of Change
The Wheaton College Teacher Education Program Conceptual Framework
The Department of Education (the unit charged with teacher preparation) at
Wheaton College envisions the teacher as an agent of change. This conceptualization of teaching has a spiritual and historical foundation as well as a theoretical framework. The role of teacher as an agent of change is tied closely to the college’s mission, “to produce whole and effective Christians to serve Christ and His Kingdom” (Wheaton College
Catalog, 2002, p. 4). This mission, which calls Wheaton students to integrate their faith with learning and living, reflects the view that all are to be faithful servants of Christ in whatever form of service
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Finally, Christian teachers who seek to be agents of change are students of teaching and learning who continually seek and apply new insights, methods, and understandings of content and pedagogy in order to be a champion for social justice and to ensure that all students, regardless of any differences, are truly educated (Darling-Hammond, 1997).
The Department of Education in consultation with its partners envisions a commitment to educational reform that is both consistent with Wheaton College’s historical and spiritual foundations and addresses the challenges of contemporary
American education. Over the years, the unit and its partners have interpreted the conceptual framework to encompass three central themes as it works to further articulate its mission to prepare teachers as agents of change in the schools: (1) teaching for social justice, (2) making informed decisions, and (3) acting responsibly. These three central themes are the unit’s primary purposes and their supporting research forms the philosophical basis for the conceptual framework.
Teaching for Social Justice
“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with our God?” Micah 6:8
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