Within the Beeghly College of Education the Educational Foundations, Research, Technology and Leadership (EFRTL) faculty are dedicated to teaching, conducting, and disseminating research, and participating in community and university service in order to:
Provide undergraduate, master's level, and doctoral level students with skills and perspectives for the purposes of informing, assessing, and changing themselves, schooling, and education; engage in dialogue with education practitioners, leaders, and community institutions toward ends which complement our mission with students; and contribute to specific community service efforts which grow out of a commitment to develop increased skills in intergroup relations, to aid individuals and groups in the development of proactive programs which would further the cause of social justice, and to encourage an ethic of caring in the professional community at large.
Basic to all other commitments would be our underlying dedication to democratizing schooling and community education.
The specific individual goals of the Foundations of Education courses are:
- To enhance students' understanding of, appreciation for, and use of historical, philosophical, social, and political perspectives on educational research and on the interpretation and practices of education and schooling.
- To develop students' knowledge, influence their values, and extend their professional skills with regard to how race, class, gender, and other aspects of diversity affect teaching/learning processes.
- To teach students the nature and methods of several formal methods of educational testing, measurement, and assessment; to teach about the potentials and limitations of those procedures; and to examine critiques of, and alternatives to, classroom-based, district-wide, and national assessment instruments with regard to their validity and differential impact upon a diverse student population.
- To provide students and area educators access to evolving instructional technologies in the service of improving instruction across the curriculum to all students.
- To nurture and support Departmental faculty in their ongoing professional development, research and scholarship within the local, state, national, and international circles of educational research, technology, and Foundations of Education; to sponsor publications, meetings, and conferences that promote the work of our faculty and the learning of our students; to extend our and the University's engagement to the wider practitioner and scholar communities; to provide models and experiences for our students from which they will begin to build their professional identities with regard to the role of research and scholarship in life as practitioners and to utilize our research and that of our regional, national, and international colleagues to exert a positive influence on the practices of education and schooling, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
- To serve as a unique interdisciplinary voice within the College and the University, representing an amalgam of the social-science disciplines, the fields of ethics and critical theory, traditional liberal-arts values, and the applied fields of professional education; to contribute to the University through our faculty's individual and collective engagement with committees, seminars, and cultural activities across the campus; and to promote foundational discourse and collaborative planning among our College and University colleagues.