World view

Essay by helasUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, September 2007

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Essay topic: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 world view 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).

In the following essay I will contend that an individual's world view affects their attitude towards and experience of education and learning. I will outline my perception of a 'world view' and identify my ideologies that impact my outlook towards education. I will also reflect on how my community and culture have influenced my education. In addition I will refer to the readings in SSK12 (Hobson, Samovar and Porter, and Chapter 1 in A Guide to Learning Independently) furthermore explaining how these readings effected my thesis.

A world view is "a set of beliefs that we hold through which we organise our understanding of ourselves and our understanding of others" (Hobson 1996). World views characterise us as individuals. A world view can be summarised as a mesh that filters our perception of the people, cultures and communities around us. Our world view also defines the way we translate different events in our everyday life. Our perception of the world is formed by the life experiences we obtain over our life span especially in the first few years of our lives. Individual's attitudes towards education are affected by different experiences that, eventuate in a person's life, this shapes the individual's perception on the importance of education. If an individual does not see education as an important aspect of life within their world view then they...