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Becoming A Brilliant Star

William G. Huitt, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology & Guidance

Valdosta State University

Valdosta, GA



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There is much discussion in education and psychology about the need to "develop the whole child."

But what exactly does that mean?


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In order to answer that question one needs to have some view of the nature of a human being and the purpose of this life.


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  • The Brilliant Star model is designed to provide a guide for parents, educators, and others responsible for developing the qualities of children and youth to:

  • develop educational and schooling curricula

  • select pedagogical methods and materials

  • identify methods of assessment and evaluation


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The Brilliant Star approach focuses attention on three critical issues facing young people today:

  • vision

  • character

  • competence


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Dreams and goals of what is possible and desirable to do

Vision


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The habits or patterns of thinking, feeling, willing, and behaving that relate to right and wrong, to justice and equity, and to morality

Character


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The knowledge, values, attitudes, and skills that link to successful performance

Competence


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All three issues are intertwined and difficult to isolate, although our experience suggests these can be observed separately in people.


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The Brilliant Star is comprised of three core elements and ten domains.

Core elements:

  • Soul

  • Relationships with self, others, and unknowns

Spiritual

  • Purpose of life


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The Brilliant Star is comprised of three core elements and ten domains.

Core elements:

  • Being good

Character

  • Morality

  • Ethics


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The Brilliant Star is comprised of three core elements and ten domains.

Core elements:

  • Temperament

Personal Style

  • Personality

  • Learning style


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The Brilliant Star is comprised of three core elements and ten domains.

Ten domains (5 are more internal):

  • Bodily functioning

Physical

  • Relation to nature


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The Brilliant Star is comprised of three core elements and ten domains.

Ten domains (5 are more internal):

  • Perceiving

Awareness

  • Initial understanding

  • Consciousness


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The Brilliant Star is comprised of three core elements and ten domains.

Ten domains (5 are more internal):

  • Thinking

Cognition

  • Reasoning

  • Knowledge base


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The Brilliant Star is comprised of three core elements and ten domains.

Ten domains (5 are more internal):

  • Emotions

Affect

  • Values


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The Brilliant Star is comprised of three core elements and ten domains.

Ten domains (5 are more internal):

  • Will

Conation

  • Volition


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The Brilliant Star is comprised of three core elements and ten domains.

Ten domains (5 are more external):

  • Mate selection

Family

  • Spousal relationships

  • Parenting


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The Brilliant Star is comprised of three core elements and ten domains.

Ten domains (5 are more external):

  • Establishing friendships

Friends

  • Maintaining friendships

  • Networking


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The Brilliant Star is comprised of three core elements and ten domains.

Ten domains (5 are more external):

  • Training

Work and Career

  • Job

  • Entrepreneurship


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The Brilliant Star is comprised of three core elements and ten domains.

Ten domains (5 are more external):

  • Definition of true wealth

Wealth and finances

  • Material wealth

  • Stewardship


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The Brilliant Star is comprised of three core elements and ten domains.

Ten domains (5 are more external):

  • Equity of gender and ethnicity

Social

  • Peace

  • Regional, national, and global governance


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It is in these ten domains that one is expected to develop competence.


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Spiritual development, character, and personal style are central to development and are shown in the middle of the star.



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Vision relates to all of these domains in that one's ideas about possibilities and desires leads one to set goals and strive for excellence in each area.


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Four fundamental principles guide the development of the Brilliant Star model:

  • Human beings are considered as spiritual beings

  • Knowledge base for curriculum development includes science, history, religious scripture, the arts, and philosophy


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Four fundamental principles guide the development of the Brilliant Star model:

  • The "systems" or "organismic" perspective provides the foundation.

  • individual seen as living system interacting with the social and cultural context in which one lives


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Four fundamental principles guide the development of the Brilliant Star model:

  • The "systems" or "organismic" perspective provides the foundation.

  • compatible with several divine philosophies and modern scientific views


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Four fundamental principles guide the development of the Brilliant Star model:

  • A person's character is seen as foundational to development in the ten domains of competence.

  • character is associated with the quality of one's life, especially in terms of moral and ethical decisions and actions


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Four fundamental principles guide the development of the Brilliant Star model:

  • A person's character is seen as foundational to development in the ten domains of competence.

  • data regarding character must come from actual behavior or, at a minimum, reports of actual behavior


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Four fundamental principles guide the development of the Brilliant Star model:

  • WYMIWYG -- What You Measure Is What You Get

  • any construct or domain that is not consistently attended to through assessment and evaluation will decline rather than develop


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A variety of educational programs have been developed to address the important concerns of vision, character, and competence.

The foundation of the majority of these programs has been based on principles identified through philosophy or science.


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A variety of educational programs have been developed to address the important concerns of vision, character, and competence.

In addition, most programs have focused on one aspect or domain (e.g., academic achievement or self-esteem or character).


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Unfortunately, many of these programs have been a disappointment to their founders.

One reason may be that the programs were not founded on the best information provided through scientific investigation and research.


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Unfortunately, many of these programs have been a disappointment to their founders.

However, another reason may be that the programs were founded ONLY on the principles of science.


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Unfortunately, many of these programs have been a disappointment to their founders.

Fundamental truths offered by spiritual or religious teachings of the major world religions were not utilized.


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Unfortunately, many of these programs have been a disappointment to their founders.

Since vision and morality are fundamental to all religious teachings, the omission of religious scripture may be significant.


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The purpose of this website is to provide materials and resources that can be used to begin to remedy this deficiency.


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