We begin with the premise that worldview literacy — the capacity to critically examine your own and others’ worldviews to gain a deeper understanding of our attitudes and behaviors — can be taught and learned, just like any type of literacy. We also designed this course to reflect and accommodate a diversity of learning styles and different types of intelligence among students.
One way to understand our responses to different worldviews is to learn about what triggers us, what inspires us, and how we can develop ways to regulate our negative emotions and enhance positive ones. In this course, students are encouraged to explore these questions from a place of curiosity, compassion, and awe.
Recent research increasingly indicates that conversation and social interaction play essential roles in learning, and this course emphasizes the role that conversation plays in the creation of meaning, exploration of possibilities, coordination of actions, and the stimulation of self-reflection.
Each lesson in Worldview Explorations student program has a consistent structure made up of 7 components:
- Fieldwork Review
- Main Activity
- Personal Reflection and Journaling
- Free-write Topic
- Fieldwork Assignment
- Check Out
This structure serves as a reinforcing pattern for learners to feel comfortable with the rhythm of the classes and to ground their learning in the body.
Students participating in this program will build their capacity to understand different points of view, make more informed, compassionate choices, communicate clearly, and contribute effectively as global citizens.