vision mission 

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.

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 and has such impacts many areas such as spirituality, family life,
physical wellbeing 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 incorporation of my
personalities, interests, values, skills, goals and experiences. 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.

I aspire
to live each minute of every day wishing I had the capability to make our society
a better place, extending a listening ear, gaining
new ideas and seeing things from different point of views. With an aim to conquer
study challenges, I will endeavor to paralyze areas of  concern which I have little to no control but instead
increase my influence circle. 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 towards 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 estimate 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).