Essay 01: World View

This is my essay from University (no comments included from tutors or anyone) Just thought I would share it... 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).
World views are those things that shape and formulate individuals within society, often without them knowing they even exist. It can be simply defined as a filter in their perception of the world and how they interpret different events and challenges before them. They are built over time from the earliest years of childhood, and they are shaped by the positive and negative life experiences through which people go.
Hobson (1996) states that world view is “a set of beliefs that we hold through which we organize our understanding of ourselves and our understanding of others.” World views, or the beliefs we hold, are then the things that would shape our attitudes and ideas towards study and how we approach the different concepts offered at university. World view is like a lens on a camera; different lenses do different things, some focus, some change the colour, others change the shape of a picture – each of them filter the image to appear in a different way; much as world views do this for us in relation to perspective and views on things around us.
Lorraine and Marshall (2006) state “Your background and experiences, your interests and world view, your senses and current state of being act as a filters on your life, both past and present” (p.74). World view is shaped and shifted by our upbringing and the views of our parents, which are often unintentionally passed onto us as children. I was raised by my parents...