Your Personal Worldview and Your Research Mindset
|Think about your educational experiences. How do you learn best?||I learn best through listening, seeing and experiencing|
|Think about your information-gathering and investigation skills. How do you search out answers to questions (e.g., about your health or as an informed consumer)?||I embark on searching of answers about health through interviewing different people based on the topic of health, from doctors, from magazines, from the news and other media publications, from the internet, from books covering the topic in question, from the experiences of other people and from personal experiences.|
|Think about your interpersonal communication skills. How do you attempt to influence the behavior of others (e.g., through persuasion or interpersonal negotiation)?||To influence other people’s behavior in terms of interpersonal communication, I employ the skills of persuasion and interpersonal negotiation, effective conflict resolution and challenging of a person’s behavior not the person himself.|
|Think about your problem-solving skills. How do you approach challenges (personal or professional)?||I employ five steps when approaching challenges. These steps are inclusive of challenge orientation, challenge definition, generation of alternative solutions, decision making and finally implementation and verification of the solutions.|
|Think about your self-identity. Describe your personal background and experiences, including your cultural background and experiences.||Although I was born in Vietnam, I can say that my cultural background is that of the Chinese people because most of my life has been spent in China. I have a good command of written and spoken Chinese but no command of Vietnamese. I have acquired different valuable experiences from living and learning both in China and the United States.|
|Think about your professional persona. Describe your professional background and experiences (education, work, etc).||
I have acquired experience in English by attending a Chinese adult school for learning English, I have a honors GED and High School Diploma, I possess an Associate of Arts degree, and I also possess Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Masters in Business Administration / Accounting and Master of Science in Accountancy. I also have a doctorate of Business Administration. I have worked as a clerk of student records, senior student records clerk and accounting clerk for Sierra Nevada Job Corps.
|Think about your self-identity and its relationship to your professional practice. How do you think your personal, cultural, and professional experiences have influenced your personal beliefs, values, and worldview? How have they influenced your professional interests and the way in which you will approach and conduct research?||My current self-identity is based on my cultural background and personal and professional experiences. Initially, before interacting with other cultures in America my personal values, beliefs and world view were based on my Chinese cultural background, but after interacting with people from different cultural backgrounds, I have acquired a different world view, personal values and beliefs based on the different cultural orientations I experience in my everyday professional and personal experiences.|
|Think about how you would present yourself to others in an executive summary or “elevator pitch” (wherein you only have the time that it takes to ride an elevator to present an idea to the person riding with you). Based on the above information, summarize how you see the world in 3–5 sentences.||The world and the different elements that make up the world exist. Human beings are in charge of setting different views about the world. Essentially, the world would be a better place to live in if all people collaborated in eliminating the negative aspects that affect the world in a negative way. Inherently, in the world two contradictory statements cannot be asserted to be right in any way. The world is shaped by the different beliefs and views originating from different cultural backgrounds, professional and personal experiences. History is essential for forging a future in the world.|
The world and the elements that make it up are in existence. This is because the universe is rational because it is made up of different elements that have to co-exist for the world to be identified as an existing phenomenon. Human beings are the fundamental elements that make up the world and their activities have affected the world positively or negatively (Bertrand, 2007). This can be evidenced by the fact that books, the media and other different sources have been covering the negative effects of environmental degradation because it causes global warming. This is a phenomenon that affects the whole world. If all people contributed positively to the world, the negative aspects of crime, environmental degradation, war and inhuman acts could be eliminated from the world. Different scholars assert that the cultural, economic, social and political evils found in the world result from lack of cooperation between human beings. A statement such as, all religions are the same is contradictory because it asserts that all religions approve of each others’ beliefs (Naugle, 2002). The world is made up of different cultures, which influence behaviors and attitudes. Inherently, human beings possess different personal and professional experiences that shape their beliefs and values. Human beings are the most fundamental elements of the world and hence their beliefs and values can influence the world negatively or positively. The future of the world is based on the past and the past can only be understood by studying the history of the world. Technological advancement is the order of the modern world. Technological advancement began in the historical periods as asserted by different books, which clearly means that the future of the world in most cases depends on history.
The world view postulate above aligns with the world views contained in Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches. The post-positivists have the view that in the world, causes determine outcomes or effects. This is in line with the above world view that if all people collaborated in the world, the evils in the world would be eliminated. This clearly indicates that cause culminates into outcomes (Creswell, 2003). The fact that theories and laws exist for governing the world is aligned to the fact that history is essential for forging a future in the world. The world view of the social constructivism indicates that different individuals always seek to understand the world. This can be aligned to the stipulations of the world view extrapolated above, which states that the world is shaped by the different beliefs and views originating from different cultural backgrounds, professional and personal experiences. This is because in the understanding of the world, people come to the realization that cultural background, personal and professional experiences shape the world the way it is. Human beings are in charge of setting the different world views. This can be aligned with the assumption of the social constructivism which states that as human beings interact with the world they develop different meanings based on different experiences. This can be asserted by the fact that engaging with the world aids the human beings to come to an understanding of the different phenomena exhibited naturally by the world. People come to the understanding of why natural calamities such as floods and earthquakes occur after a comprehensive interaction with the world. In real essence, the interaction that human beings engage in when they are in the world enable them to live peacefully with each other and come to the conclusion of the basics that are needed to create a good world to live in. In conclusion, different people have different world views.
Bertrand, J. M. (2007). Rethinking Worldview: Learning to Think, Live, and Speak in this World. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.
Creswell, J. W. (2003). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publ.
Naugle, D. K. (2002). Worldview: The History of a Concept. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans.