Worldview Explorations™

Cultivate your students’ Critical Thinking and Social and Emotional Learning skills

An Experiential Social and Emotional-based Learning Program for Middle School and High School Students

The Worldview Explorations program is designed to help youth and lifelong learners examine, understand and appreciate the fundamental role that worldviews play in shaping our perceptions and behaviors.

Developed from more than four decades of research into human behavior by the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), the 22-module Worldview Explorations program provides students with a safe, supportive environment in which to explore their own and others’ perspectives through self-reflection, conversations, experiential practices and collaborative group projects.

Common Core, 21st Century Skills & SEL Education

teacher with students By incorporating best practices from the field of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), the Worldview Explorations curriculum also meets national teaching standards for Common Core, 21st Century Skills and SEL education, and can easily be integrated into existing classroom subject areas as a complementary learning module.

As you engage with learners on this journey, we invite you to let this resource be your guide to modeling and embodying the processes and tools presented in Worldview Explorations.

What is a worldview? How does it shape our experiences? Why does it matter?

A worldview is a lens through which we see the world and our place in it. Operating mostly outside our awareness, a worldview functions as a sort of automatic filter that shapes our perceptions and influences our goals, desires, motivations, values, relationships, and behaviors.

Worldviews are influenced by many factors, such as family, politics, religion, and community, among others, and can be both individually held and culturally shared.

teacher, student, world mapIONS research suggests that becoming proficient at worldview literacy — the capacity to critically examine and integrate your own and others’ worldviews — may be the single most important step a person can take to reach their highest potential.

As today’s students grapple with unprecedented changes in lifestyle and technology, unpredictable challenges to global sustainability, and an ever-expanding array of choices to connect within and across cultures, it is more critical than ever that they learn to navigate new perspectives calmly, quickly, and compassionately.

Worldview Explorations provides an opportunity for students to hone their skills at sharing authentically, listening with an open mind and heart, and building more meaningful relationships with their peers, teachers, and the outside world.

Practical Tools Students Can Apply Throughout Life

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.

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Worldview Explorations focuses on teaching practical tools that students can apply throughout their life, including:

  • Cognitive flexibility
  • Comfort with unfamiliarity
  • Appreciation of diverse perspectives
  • Agility in the face of rapidly changing circumstances
  • Self-awareness
  • Capacities for inter-cultural communication
  • Ability to hold multiple points of view simultaneously
  • Capacity for discernment that relies equally on intellect and intuition
  • Conflict resolution
  • Social emotional intelligence

Facilitator Training Is Coming Online!

Guide your students on an experiential journey into the ways our worldviews influence our perceptions and behaviors

Teachers, instructors, and others who work with young people will soon be able to conduct their Worldview Explorations facilitator training — a self-study program — online!

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