PSMT Standard Group #1: Liberal Arts

Strand Documentation
1a.) Synthesize, analyze, reflect upon, and write with clarity and structure about ideas, information, and data from a general and liberal education, and the relationships between the various disciplines As a student at Albion College, a small liberal arts school, I have had the opportunity to enroll in a diverse range courses in which I was often required to conduct individual research and synthesize my learning into written work. Many of my courses encouraged self-reflection and extensive in-class discussion.

Click here to view transcript listing the various classes I took from a number of disciplines during my three and a half years at Albion.

1b.) Understand and appreciate free inquiry in English, literature, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural or physical sciences, and the arts As an institution of Liberal Education, Albion College has provided me with the opportunity to experience and participate in the full range of disciplines.  The emphasis on open inquiry encouraged me to find connections between all of my coursework and thus has prepared me very well to help my own students synthesize their learning.
1c.) Understand global and international perspectives of the disciplines When conducting my interview and research for the Ethnographic Case Study, completed in partial fulfillment of Education 202, I was provided with the opportunity to learn about how Southeast Asia views the various subject matters and disciplines.  Additionally, in Developmental Psychology, taken during the Fall 2008 semester, we learned about various international educational perspectives.
1d.) Understand the tenets of a free, democratic, and pluralistic society Albion College maintains an open atmosphere in which students are not only allowed but encouraged to voice their concerns, opinions, and beliefs.

In Education 202 I learned about the history, current, and future issues of the education system in the United States.

1e.) Understand and respect varying points of view and the influence of one’s own and others’ ethics and values As a result of the interview I conducted during the Fall 2008 semester to complete the Ethnographic Case Study required for Education 202, I was given insight into how the interviewee’s background as a Nepalese female who immigrated to the United States at the age of eight influenced her perception and beliefs about her K-12 education.  It was a tremendous opportunity for me to really get an opportunity to learn about an individual whose educational experience was substantially different than mine, even though we attended the same schools.

Click here to view the Ethnographic Case study.

1f.) Understand and respect the role, rights, and value of the individual in a free democratic society During my student teaching experience my students and I collaboratively established guidelines (classroom expectations) that we all agreed to follow to make our learning exploratory, exciting, and safe.  Comparison of how the classroom and school is similar to “real” government
1g.) Understand technology and its use for gathering, processing, evaluating, analyzing, and communicating ideas and information Throughout my undergraduate experience and before, I have used technology constantly to conduct research, complete assignments in various programs, and especially for networking and communication purposes.  I have always been excited to implement new technology and apply its benefits to education.
1h.) Understand the similarities and differences within our culture that support the importance of common good and responsible citizenship within our American society The greater Albion community is very diverse. Through my involvement in different programs and service initiatives I have established relationships which have continually shown me the essentiality of melding similarities and differences in the pursuit of a common good.  I have had the privilege of getting to know influential community leaders who exude what it means to be a responsible citizen.
1i.) Understand the constitutions and histories of the United States and Michigan In Education 372—Reading in Content Areas—I designed a three-lesson Theme Study, in which students learned about immigration at the turn of the twentieth century, citizenship tests, and history of the United States.
Additionally, I took an Honors Great Issues in Social Science course in which we discussed American History from the perspective of those who are typically considered “oppressed,” including minorities, women, and children.
1j.) Understand and respect individual differences, including the differences identified within the State Board of Education (SBE) Universal Education Vision and Principles In my Education 201, Education 202, and Student Teaching classes we discussed the principles, vision, and curriculum of the State Board of Education.
1k.) Demonstrate the abilities and skills necessary for effective communication in speech, writing, and multimedia using content, form, voice, and style appropriate to the audience and purpose (e.g., to reflect, persuade, inform, analyze, entertain, inspire). Throughout my coursework at Albion College I have had the opportunity to hone my presentation skills concerning a variety of subject matter and audience type.  Especially during my Student Teaching I was able to develop a more effective presentation style in relation to the needs of my students.  My ultimate goal is always to inspire my audience to take what I say and learn more on their own.