The Department of Identity Development is dedicated to researching the development of ideological and philosophical values in education. What sort of identity should your educational institution pursue? How do students training to be primary school teachers develop their identity and how do they reconcile their philosophical and ideological ideas with their vocation and future profession as a teacher?
All schools and teachers have their own identities, whether these are informed by religious values and/or other philosophical, spiritual or ideological values. After all, your main responsibility as an educator is shaping the minds of your pupils, and imparting values is certainly an important part of any type of education.
The Department focuses on the following four research areas:
Identity development of Stenden University of Applied Sciences
Stenden’s motto is ‘Serving to make it a better world’ and our mission is ‘Unleashing potential in our students, staff and surrounding communities’ – but what do we mean by this, exactly? How do we define ‘a better world’ and does ‘unleashing potential’ contribute to this, or do we need to develop different qualities if we are to make the world a better place?
Identity development of the various primary teacher training programmes
Stenden’s primary teacher training programmes have developed their own views and ideas on education and the educational and social mission of schools in general. How do their various ideological, philosophical and educational ideas relate to each other, and what are some of the differences and similarities?
Identity development of trainee primary school teachers at the personal and professional level
What are your personal religious beliefs or personal philosophy or ideology, and how does this relate to the moral aspects of being a teacher? The Department supports the various programmes in developing an educational plan which addresses the relationship between the two in order to provide students with some food for thought. Rather than being part of a subject or separate module within the programme, this educational plan serves as a form of development, one which ensures a recurring focus on personal and professional identity development.
Primary schools and identity development
The Department is involved in the continued training of the staff of the primary schools with which the Stenden primary education programmes have partnered, particularly those employed in senior administrative roles and management.