Business philosophies have a vision, a mission, and core values. In the same way, a personal philosophy has a vision of what contributions and improvements the world can benefit from. An individual can have one’s own mission that explains how he or she can become part of that vision. The guiding principles of the mission are called core values. As the diagram illustrates, the vision is the first concept to be developed and is the most general. After the vision is the mission, which is more specific to the individual. The core values are at the center of the mission and vision.
An individual who develops a personal philosophy in education research that defines a vision statement, mission statement, and core values, can periodically do self-evaluation to see if his or her work has been aligned to those statements and values.
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