World View

Topics: Education, Higher education, Cognitive science Pages: 4 (1177 words) Published: July 5, 2011
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).

Through our world view we hold a “set of beliefs through which we organise our understanding of ourselves and our understanding of others” (Hobson, 1996, 2). In this essay I will identify my concept of world view and how it has been shaped by factors such as my age, gender, community and family. I have adapted the beliefs and attitudes that tertiary education and learning is a personal choice made by each individual which we all have the right to, and that these opportunities should be available to everybody.

Hobson defines world view as “the primary conceptual framework within which our beliefs, values and attitudes about ourselves and others rest” (Hobson, 1996, 2), and Samovar and Porter state that our world views “influence our perceptions, beliefs and values” (2004, 85). These world views are developed by the culture that we live in. Our beliefs and attitudes towards education and learning are affected by our different life experiences and shape our perception towards education. This is shown to us in A Guide to Learning Independently, where we are presented with the statement that “your body and emotions, cultural background and beliefs, the people in your life and where you study are what affects your learning (Marshall and Rowland, 2006, 1). World view is basically how each individual sees the world and are personal to each human being, however influenced by external factors. Through these factors, such as the experiences I faced through my earlier life, my age, gender and culture, my world view on education and...
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