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Worldview

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From birth, toddler, child, through adolescence and into adulthood you grow and experience the world. You witness relationships, you catalogue, and you distinguish and start to take a broad view about what you perceive. These experiences, memories and learnt ideas are what form your concept of a worldview. My worldview is that we are all products of our environment. My beliefs and attitudes have resulted from the process through which my education and learning has been obtained. The beliefs and attitudes that I have grown up with, to do with my education and learning, has been because of my parents and how I was raised. My experience of being raised in a military environment, living and travelling all over Australia and overseas, has also very much shaped and broadened my worldview.

Every person has a different way of seeing and understanding the world. Hobson (1996) defines a worldview as ‘the primary conceptual framework within which our beliefs, values, attitudes and assumptions about ourselves and others are held’. This interpretation and view can be constructed by many things, parents, close family and the culture, religion and community we live in. So then, a worldview can be personally internal, but be shaped by external manipulations? I relate this to education and learning in the school system where a teacher is the external manipulator who absolutely influences a person’s way of being educated and their learning, and therefore, their worldview. Only some of my educational experiences have manipulated my worldview, in addition to my beliefs and attitudes.

It was my parents who taught me to be independent, reliable, self-sufficient and disciplined. This was very significant and central in shaping me as a child, young woman and now an adult, and therefore, shaped my worldview. The attitudes and beliefs that were encouraged in me then are still very meaningful to me now, and inspire my knowledge and learning. However, my high school experience was...

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