Despite such findings and developments, a number of institutions / organizations still desired a shorter version of the BEVI for a number of reasons. First, within the context of higher education in particular, assessment demands already were high and student / faculty time was short. Second, although each scale on the long version of the BEVI assessed different constructs, these were interdependent with one another (i.e., by design, and consistent with the interconnected nature of beliefs, the "oblique" nature of factor rotation parameters allowed items to load on more than one factor). Information gleaned from separate EFAs during its development did much to illuminate how and why specific "beliefs, events, and values" were associated together as they were. However, we long had recognized the need to move beyond EFA in order to determine by Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) if and how the EFA structure of the measure held upon administration to a new and separate sample, and to understand the relationship among more parsimonious versions of each scale construct. Thus, from 2011 - 2013, we undertook the process of creating a "short version" of the BEVI. The overarching goal was to determine if a shorter version of the BEVI, with substantially fewer items, could be developed in a manner that didn't compromise the fundamental integrity of the measure (i.e., a "short version" would continue to illuminate how and why "beliefs, events, and values" were interrelated as they seemed via multiple analyses). As any psychometrician will attest, this process was highly painstaking and intensive. Following a data-scrubbing process (e.g., ensuring that duplicated or incomplete cases were removed from the database), we identified a sample of 2,331 cases to be used in conducting the CFA.
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Meditation can be used to work with beliefs and values. When using meditation for that purpose, the goal is not to empty your mind, but rather to focus on the particular belief that you want to work on. Breathing meditation can be useful for this work, because it involves you using breathing to identify areas of subtle tension in the body. These areas of tension can be thought of as physiological and emotional blocks that need to be worked with, in order to dissolve them. When using breathing work for this purpose, you may find that memories and emotions come up that have been repressed. That can be a good time to feel the emotions and work through the memories. We recommend doing Taoist water breathing meditation.
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Politics and development depend not only on resources and formal institutions, but also on intangible, socially produced factors that shape individual and group responses. Examples are political ideology, moral values, and various types of beliefs from the religious to notions of how the world works. BCEP faculty work on these themes and demonstrate when and how they matter, both through theoretical arguments and the use of economic techniques to deliver rigorous empirical measurement.
Ellington High School Core Values and Beliefs