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CSC Department of Education Philosophy

Education in a democracy is accepted as the most important human activity for the maintenance, perpetuation, and advancement of the society. With this in mind, the Education Unit of Chadron State College is dedicated to the development of visionary leaders. The program recognizes the institutional responsibility of developing leadership which facilitates proactive behaviors in educators, for educational services to the public and non-public as well as the rural, frontier, and urban sectors. The campus reflects a sensitivity to the need of being a social model, both flexible and adaptable, to the pluralistic and multicultural nature of the dominant society.

Students within the Education Unit are valued as unique individual learners, each wanting to learn and also capable of making good learning decisions. Each student is a client to be served by the staff of CSC and in turn the student (Teacher Candidate) will serve others after graduation in their role as an educator.

We believe the educator's role is to facilitate learning. The facilitation of learning is accomplished by creating opportunities for all learners to actively participate in the learning environment and process knowledge through methods appropriate to their individual learning styles. Our model is based, to a great extent, on the constructivist theory of learning.

The faculty within the Education Unit act upon a set of common beliefs that reflect the importance placed upon the preparation of qualified professional educators, who will assume leadership roles within the local education community and the education profession at large.

In so doing, various methods of instruction are planned to be consistent with sound theory and current research findings. The individual faculty member is free to use varied approaches and personalized techniques in instruction. In creating a non-threatening learning climate, allowances for the learning styles are encouraged and responded to through appropriate teaching styles and open communication among all participants. Learning is believed to be inherently joyful and efforts toward developing and maintaining this end are supported. The demands of the content of the subject are not diminished in the teaching effort which will produce the greatest positive change.