The vision of the Georgia State University (GSU) Professional Education Faculty (PEF) is to provide international leadership in educational research and to create and implement exemplary educational programs in metropolitan areas. The PEF envisions a world that embraces diversity; where social justice, democratic ideals, and equal opportunity can be increasingly enacted; and where technology is used to enhance opportunities for human development. The PEF believes that all people should be lifelong learners.
The GSU PEF represents a joint enterprise within an urban research university between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education, working in collaboration with P-16 faculty from diverse metropolitan schools. Grounded in these collaborations, our mission is to prepare educators (i.e., teachers and other professional school personnel) who are:
Educators are informed by research, knowledge, and practice. They critically examine theoretical and applied inquiry, their own practices, and the practices of others to make well-reasoned, data-based decisions about teaching, learning, and development (Bandura, 1977, 2001; Bowlby, 1969, 1980; Bruner 1996; Cochran-Smith & Lytle 2004; Darling-Hammond & Bransford, 2005; Darling-Hammond, Bullmaster & Cobb 1995; Erikson, 1950, 1968; Feiman-Nemser & Floden 1986; Feiman-Nemser, 2001; Freud, 1974; Gilligan, 1982; Kohlberg, 1976; Kohlberg, Levine, & Hewer 1983; Piaget, 1952; Shulman 1987; Vygotsky, 1978, 1987; Watson & Raynor, 1920;).
In addition, educators are empowered to serve as change agents in the pursuit of social justice and equity (Cochran-Smith 2004; Cochran-Smith & Lytle 1992, 2004; Fairbanks, et al, 2010; Freire 1999; Nieto, Noffke, & Brennan 1997; Sleeter, 1992). Along with being reflective and deliberate in their actions (King & Kitchener, 2004; Pultorak, 1996; Schon, 1983, 1987; Van Manen, 1977; Zeichner & Liston, 1996), they understand how educational policies and practices affect the lives of those they serve (Milner, 2010).
“Moving lives forward!”
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