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Theoretical Knowledge Base

Johnny Hughes

Capella University

Dr. Salha Jeizan

ED5542 – Masters Capstone in K-12 Studies in Education

October 20, 2018


Theoretical Knowledge Base

Capella University Schools of Education Program Outcome Major Theories Supporting Outcome and
Associated Primary Founder
1. Content Knowledge: Have content expertise in the subject matter or discipline of  Social Constructivism: Jerome Bruner,
one's profession as a teacher, administrator, counselor, or school psychologist Lev Vygotsky (UCD Teaching and
Learing, 2018)
2. Diversity: Have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions (that is, competencies) to  Motivational: Abraham Maslow
work successfully with diverse learners, their families, and other professionals. (McLeod, 2018)
3. Professional Knowledge and Skills: Understand the context of schools, education,  Humanist: Carl Rogers, Malcom
and learning; design and deliver assessment-driven standards-based curriculum, Knowles (Learning-Theories, 2018)
instruction, training, or administrative practices
4. Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Understand concepts, theories, and research  Cognitive: Jean Piaget (McLeod, 2018)
about effective teaching and learning and the interaction of subject matter and
pedagogy; use multiple strategies to help students learn subject matter.
5. Use of Current Knowledge: As a practitioner-scholar, apply current theory,  Cognitive: Jean Piaget (McLeod, 2018)
research, and best practice to improve one's professional practice as a teacher,
administrator, counselor, or school psychologist.
6. Generation of New Knowledge: Conduct research to improve practice in  Humanist: Carl Rogers, Malcom
professional settings. Knowles (Learning-Theories, 2018)
7. Data-Informed Planning: Use data, especially about learners, to plan instructional,  Behaviorism: John B. Watson, Ivan
administrative, counseling, or consultative strategies and activities. Pavlov, B.F. Skinner, and Albert
Bandura (Learning-Theories, 2018)
8. Professional Dispositions: Have professional attitudes, values, and beliefs that  Humanist: Carl Rogers, Malcom
support student learning and development. Knowles (Learning-Theories, 2018)

9. Reflective Practice: Engage in reflective practice that leads to continuous  Behaviorism: John B. Watson, Ivan
professional growth and improvement. Pavlov, B.F. Skinner, and Albert
Bandura (Learning-Theories, 2018)

10. Critical Thinking: Engage in critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving that  Humanist: Carl Rogers, Malcom
reflect scholarly intellectual standards and incorporate sound reasoning. Knowles (Learning-Theories, 2018)
11. Information Technology: Use information technology effectively to improve  Social Constructivism: Jerome Bruner,
learning, productivity, and professional practice. Lev Vygotsky (UCD Teaching and
Learing, 2018)
12. Collaboration: Collaborate successfully with families, other professionals, and  Motivational: Abraham Maslow
community members to mobilize resources for both learners and one's own (McLeod, 2018)
professional growth.
13. Vision and Leadership: Demonstrate the vision and skills necessary to lead and  Humanist: Carl Rogers, Malcom
manage classrooms and schools as complex adaptive systems in a changing world. Knowles (Learning-Theories, 2018)
14. Impact on P-12 Learners: Assess and document that one's professional activities  Behaviorism: John B. Watson, Ivan
as a teacher, administrator, counselor, or school psychologist have a positive impact Pavlov, B.F. Skinner, and Albert
on P-12 learners. Bandura (Learning-Theories, 2018)
15. Communication Skills: Write and speak clearly; communicate effectively with  Motivational: Abraham Maslow
learners, their families, and other professionals in ways appropriate to purpose and (McLeod, 2018)
content (Capella University, 2018).


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McLeod, S. (2018). Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. Retrieved from https://www.simplypsychology.org/piaget.html

McLeod, S. (2018). Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Retrieved from https://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html


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