AU Leadership Portfolio: 1a Philosophical Foundations


Philosophy: Support for going "out on a lim"
Philosophy: Support for
going "out on a lim"

Leadership functions within the context of multiple perspectives and understands how their own worldview influences their practice.

*Satisfactory Competency Level

This competency consists mostly of reflection and thinking on my worldview and understanding others' worldviews. It also consists in reflection on how my understanding of philosophy and educational philosophy impact my leadership and my practice. The work for this competency was completed in the class LEAD 636.


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Leadership and Learning Group contributions are indicated with this icon.




A. LEAD 636

The LEAD 636 class encouraged us to read widely, examine carefully our beliefs, articulate them precisely, and play the role of other philosophers to deepen our ability to understand others with different worldviews.

Competency Connection
The work here fits with the philosophy competency because it shows how I have reflected on the philosophical foundations of my beliefs, practice, and interaction with others.

Artifact Descriptions
The first artifact is the collection of my initial discussion posts in the class. In these posts, I wrestle with the readings and play the role of Sartre.

The second artifact is my worldview journal where I reflect on how the learning applies to my own worldview.

The third artifact is feedback and informal evaluation from my classmates. (Not shared for their privacy.)

Finally, I shared my reflection on postmodernism with my Leadership and Learning Group as well as my reflection paper. (Feedback not shared for privacy.)

i. My Initial Discussion Posts
ii. My Worldview Journal
iii. Comments from Classmates

iv. Sharing with Leadership and Learning Group and feedback on the sharing from James.

B. Research and philosophical foundations

After completing my dissertation research, I reflected further about the nature of knowledge and philosophical foundations to research.s

Competency Connection
i. The work here fits with the philosophy competency because it shows the application of philosophical foundations to research.

ii. This reflection considers the book Women's Ways of Knowing and makes connections to my learning, my teaching, current trends in education, and the Leadership Program.

i. Thinking about Knowledge and Research

ii. Reflection on Women's Ways of Knowing

Reflection Paper

The Leadership Program at Andrews University has challenged me again to reconsider my worldview, my philosophical foundations, and how they are evidenced in my learning and leadership. In this reflection paper I examine my own worldview and its development, my educational philosophical foundations, and finally how these concepts impact my leadership.


Alaby, J. A. (2002). The end or ends of education? The issue of means and ends of the Andrews University Leadership Program. Retrieved from ProQuest Digital Dissertations. (AAT 3058305)

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DeLay, R. B. (1996). Forming Knowledge - Constructivist learning and experiential education. The Journal of Experiential Education, 19(2), 76-81. Retrieved from

Freed, S. (March 1, 2009). Freed's epistemological model. Retrieved from

Glaser, J. (2005). Leading through collaboration: Guiding groups to productive solutions. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Holy Bible, New King James Version (1988). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

Knight, G. R. (2006). Philosophy and education : an introduction in Christian perspective (Fourth ed.). Berrien Springs, MI: Andrews University Press.

Lyman, P., & Varian, H. R. (2003). How much information. Retrieved from

Malphurs, A., & Malphurs, M. (2003). Church next : using the internet to maximize your ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel.

Perez, N. (2009, February 24). Nury's week five. Message posted to

Sire, J. W. (2004). Naming the elephant: Worldview as a concept. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic.

Stevenson, J. (1998). The complete idiot's guide to philosophy. New York, NY: Alpha Books.

Stevenson, L., & Haberman, D. (2009). Ten theories of human nature. New York, NY:: Oxford University Press.

Tobin, D. R. (1998). Corporate learning strategies. Retrieved from

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