How My Worldview Disadvantaged My Learning

Topics: Critical thinking, Psychology, Learning Pages: 4 (1097 words) Published: July 30, 2010
Using the concept of a 'world view', identify some of the beliefs and attitudes, particularly to education and learning that you bring to your learning now. Reflect critically on how your worldview has been shaped by factors such as your gender, age or community. In your answer refer to Hobson (1996) and Samovar and Porter (2004) from the SSK12 Reader, and Chapter 1 in A Guide to Learning Independently (Marshall and Rowland, 2006, 1-18).

This essay will show how my worldviews have influenced my learning and how attitudes and beliefs of my social milieu have shaped my approach to learning. I will identify some beliefs and attitudes that were prevalent in my early years and conclude with a summary of my current beliefs I bring to my learning now. I aim to show how our worldview can disadvantage our learning. Although there were many factors both mentally and physically that disadvantaged me. I will identify my lack of purpose, difficulties operating in a different social milieu and my lack of critical thinking skills as areas that caused me to be most disadvantaged, along with ideologies expressed in my social paradigm and how the worldview that I obtained through life experience centred around life as a eldest child white, female of low socioeconomic status hemmed in by worldviews others outside our milieu had constructed of which I had no concept of.

Worldview-The knowledge concepts and beliefs, the unseen fabric which knits together a cognitive picture of the world one interacts with.

Purpose- My situated self, female from a low socioeconomic background sole purpose in life was to make a man happy by being a good wife and mother, by learning from my mother and other females in my community. What purpose did an education serve? Why do I need an education? The belief that education was not for someone like me was automatic and unconscious part of my cognitive makeup. (Samovar and Larry 2004)

After all, I would always be of the working class poor...
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