Dr. Cathy Freytag
Dr. Cathy Freytag
Author: Marshall Green
Categories: Education

Dr. Cathy Freytag, associate dean of education and physical education at Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y., has been awarded a scholarship from Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.  

Dr. Freytag was awarded the $1000 Joekel Scholarship for her ongoing research on perceptions of care within teacher education programs at Christian colleges and universities.

“My hypothesis is that there is something unique about the way that teacher preparation programs at Christian colleges and universities encourage an ethic of care in the development of their pre-service teachers,” said Dr. Freytag.  “Rather than presuming what those attributes might be, I have taken an open-ended exploratory approach.”

Dr. Freytag has visited teacher education programs at six different Christian colleges and universities where she has interviewed education department chairs (or deans of education) and conducted separate focus groups with teacher education faculty and with students in the education program at each school.  

Future directions include developing a construct or model of care as it is enacted in teacher education programs at Christian colleges and universities, and exploring the enactment of care across different types of institutions (e.g., secular liberal arts, public universities, etc.). 

“The Joekel Scholarship, provided through Kappa Delta Pi, will enable me to move forward with this continuing research on care,” commented Dr. Freytag.

Dr. Freytag applied for the scholarship, which is based on involvement in Kappa Delta Pi and a written essay, last spring. A review committee evaluated the scholarship applications that were submitted from educational professionals around the country and selected the recipients.

Founded in 1911, Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is a dynamic learning community that recognizes and enhances growth in scholars and leaders.