Educational Philosophy

My current personal educational philosophy is that, I
need to take charge of my learning, challenge myself as a scholar and assess my
growth as I try to obtain my full potential. Self-regulated and goal-oriented
learning have become important topics in educational psychology because of
their influence on learners’ achievement (Farsani, Beikmohammadi & Mohebbi,
2014, p.1).This supports Malcolm Knowles theory of self- directed learning where
learners are given some choice and control over the learning process.

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It is my desire to reach for higher levels as I develop
for the betterment of my whole being as a prospective leader. Therefore,
constant researching and communicating with peers and instructors/advisors is one
key to having a successful journey. As an adult learner I take full responsible
for my own learning and therefore check to see if what is learned meets my
learning needs or goals. With a teaching philosophy that requires students to
take personal responsibility and make their own choices for the actual learning
goals, comes some issues (Cox, 2015, p.17). One of such issue could be that the
individual learning is not inline to meet one’s vision and mission in attaining
stated goal. 

Personal Vision

A personal vision is how one commit to living
their lives. It influences all areas including family, spirituality, physical
well-being, leisure, and work. Vision may differ from individual to individual
because we all have different goals and even when our goals are similar we
don’t necessarily have the same route or path to get to the same. Leonardi (2013)
using technology as an example suggested that, visions can differ
substantially, each one shaping what users see, want, and expect from their technologies.

 My
vision statement is an integration of my abilities, interests, personality,
values, goals, skills/experience and stage of adult development. It is my
vision to be an intrinsically motivated, well rounded, hard working American
College of Education graduate in Leadership and to be recognized nationally and
or internationally within my field/industry

As an educator I can relate to the importance
or need for a clear vision leading to success in the classroom. The
teacher who is knowledgeable about what works for her students and who
possesses a clear vision is most likely to lead students to higher levels of
achievement. (Vaughn & Faircloth, 2013, p.10). Similarly, an adult learner
with a specific goal and a clear vision of how to achieve such goal is most
likely to become successful when compared to an individual without the same.

 It is possible
that my personal and professional identity may be altered as I progress through
this program due to the institutions vision in relation to its pedagogy and
support structure.

 

Personal Mission

Mission is not simply about the presence of mission
statements, but rather about a sense of shared meaning and purpose (Cho, 2017,
p.185). As a doctoral student at
the American College of Education it is my mission to create and complete
quality scholarly work and research transparent enough for others to see the
standard, effort and commitment applied.

 It is my desire to live each minute of every
day as though I had all the power and
influence necessary to make it a perfect world. Through listening, learning new
ideas and gaining different perspectives, I will strive to gain mastery over
the study challenges by increasing my influence circle and de-emphasize areas
of concern for which I have limited control. I will behave in such a manner to
become a beacon, a person who my child, students and colleagues would like to
emulate. I will trust my dreams and become the prisoner for nothing. I will use
my private victories (strengths) unselfishly with an aim to create values for
others. The burning desire for success in achieving my doctorate will determine
which options I decide and the paths I choose to travel. I will seek new
avenues for learning and growth utilizing nature, family, friends and new
professional acquaintances. I will focus on being efficient and effective at
once and I am determined to make a positive difference in this world.

Personal Core values

My core value statement defines my deep beliefs and
principle to wards my goal. Bringing a new shared mission and vision to reality
requires shared values. (Hanbury, 2015, p. 93). As such, I share my belief that
nothing in life comes easy and after an analysis of self, I realize that I do
posses a lot of positive strengths that must be utilized if I am to become
successful in this course of study. These include:

1)     
A great deal of motivation (intrinsically
motivated)

2)     
Persistency and perseverance in completing any
task undertaken (refuses to give up easily)

3)     
Good critical thinking and problem-solving
skills

4)     
Ability to work for long hours

5)     
Knows when to seek help, aware of weakness areas

6)     
Good investigating skills

7)     
Willingly welcome new ideas

8)     
Takes constructive criticism and use them to
improve in-order to move forward

9)     
Quick learner (trainable)

10)  Get
along well with others

11)  Works
independently and creatively

All of which are critical components of an ideal
researcher. Without hesitation I will use these attributes coupled with added
values along the course of study to produce the best quality standard research
that I am capable of.

Ideal research qualities

The hallmark of a doctoral degree has always been and
remains the requirement to demonstrate mastery of the field and to apply that
knowledge to conduct original research that expands the knowledge base of the
discipline. Performing ones’ own research is a great value added to an individual
upon completion of a degree. Zamboo.D, Buss and Zambo.R, (2015) suggested that
conducting multiple cycles of action research encourages the graduates to apply
the leadership theories, skills, and dispositions they learn in the university
setting to their local contexts. For a scholar to be effective at performing
his/her own research several research qualities and skills must be demonstrated
and or developed, these include:

1)     
Knowing current research in field

2)     
Ability to perform critical reviewing

3)     
Complying with ethical requirements

4)     
Justifying research methods

5)     
Ability to learn

6)     
Self-discipline

7)     
Willingness to ask for help

8)     
Works independently

9)     
Produce quality academic writing

10)   Giving and receiving feedback

11)   Motivated

12)  Good
problem solving

13)  Flexibility
and open mindedness

14)  Good
analytical and critical thinking

15)  Creative
and innovative

16)  Detailed

17)  Resourceful

18)  Practice
ethically

19)  Thinks
objectively and subjectively

I am aware that at this point I do not posses all the
qualities of an ideal researcher. What is important is that I am knowledgeable
of the same and will therefore make the necessary adjustments with my mission
and vision as guide, knowing that my overall success in learning solely depends
on me. I am therefore motivated to engage in educationally purposeful
activities that will positively contribute directly to performing my research
at the standard required by the American College of Education.

Ideal Research Qualities align with my Vision,
Mission and Core Values

The alignment of my strategic mission, vision and core
values to productivity will be a key contributor to my future success. To
become a graduate of ACE is my vision but to be qualified to graduate, I must
first overcome the hurdle of completing a research of acceptable standard
(mission) using the pertinent core values that I possess or developed along the
course of study. A synergetic
effort with instructors/advisor and best research practices that aligns with my
vision will yield a positive result towards completing my research study. Seeing
that my strategic vision is optimally align with my mission and goal, it does
provide the direction for increase productivity and overall development.

An ideal researcher
is one that is committed. The research paper at time can be so frightening or
even paralyzing for some of us with little or disappointing previous
experience. The ability to be committed is more than just a promise to do the
research itself. It is a state of quality to be dedicated and maintain an
attitude of someone who works extremely hard. Pursuing a research requires full
attention and diversity. Anyone who processes the quality of commitment would
also be very rounded and responsible. Responsibility as suggested earlier is a key
component of self- learning. According to Çam and Ünal (2014) when the
students take the responsibility of learning, s/he substantially fulfills experiential
learning that is the basis of constructivist approach. Besides, the learner
precedes both affectively and cognitively.  It therefore proves that if I am
going to be successful in completing my research paper a great zeal of
commitment and responsibility will be required.

Attitude will
affect the choices that a learner makes. Compiling a research proposal is a
type of academic writing that is not a one-night thing, since it will not allow
one to put forth ideas in the meaningful way. Motivation is a crucial
part of a student’s research experience. It can affect how researchers approach
the research process all together, how they relate to advisors/supervisors, how
much time and effort they devote to the process, how much support they seek
when they’re struggling, how much they attempt to engage or disengage their
fellow academic peers and the overall performance in compiling and defending
the thesis. A research finding showed that, students’ attitudes towards school,
values of education and achievement motivation were significant predictors of
academic achievement, (Dagnew, 2017, p.40).  Lack of motivation while
performing a research has its consequences that can culminate in one failing
the research, a risk I am not willing to take.

Ones ability to be creative and innovative is a great
value while performing a research. The concept of innovation is closely related
to the concept of change. While change can arise automatically, however,
innovation is planned. While the direction of change is nonspecific, innovation
is by its nature directed forward. (De Luna, 2015, p. 244). Researchers are expected
to produce ideas that are original and useful, using a great deal of
imagination, intuition, ingenuity, insight and inspiration. To be awarded an Education
Doctorate, students are required to present a thesis that satisfies the institution’s
examiners, contains original work and possess material which is deemed worthy
of publication. Education is a field in which continuous innovation is
obligatory (De Luna, 2015). I find myself to be a creative and innovative
individual and so with the professional guidance of an advisor I should be able
to execute well.

Finally, I
must add that one’s ethical foundation is normally demonstrated during research
practices. I have learned and understand from previous research experience to
take responsibility for my own work.  In demonstrating
ethics, I ask myself if it is ‘right’ to conduct a study or carry out certain procedures.
With the issues of social justice becoming a growing concern among action
researchers. A researcher who takes into consideration ethical issues would
also create a balance between objectivity and subjectivity. Quantitative
researchers view objectivity as essential for conducting educational research,
as they detach themselves from the participants to avoid any influence on the
process and compromising the credibility and the findings. (Efron & Ravid,
2013, p. 57)

 

 

Mission, Vision and Core Values a Driving Force

The
mission outline earlier communicates my reason for being in this program and
how I aim to achieve the goal of graduating. It also overlaps with my values
and thus bring across a little of my beliefs. The vision statement on the other
hand provides a future- orientation declaration of my purpose and aspiration.
Basically, the mission statement lays out my purpose of being and the vision
statement then says, based on this purpose this is what I want to become/achieve
using certain critical values.  The
strategy flow directly from the vision since the strategy is to achieve the
vision and in turn satisfy the mission using all the necessary core values.

Along with the maximum use of core values my mission and
vision play three critical roles as a driving force towards my program of study.
Firstly, they provide a vehicle to communicate my purpose and values, secondly,
they create a target for strategic development and finally they develop the
measurable goals and objectives by which to gauge the success of my strategies.
I am committed to growing as a
leader in the field of education and delivering value- added education to the
end users (students, families, friends and colleagues).