Worldview Transformation and the Development of Social Consciousness

January 1, 2010
Cassandra Vieten, PhD

Schlitz, M, Vieten, C, Miller, E. (2010) Worldview Transformation and the Development of Social Consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 17(7-8), 18-36.


In this paper, we examine how increasing understanding and explicit awareness of social consciousness can develop through transformations in worldview. Based on a model that emerged from a series of qualitative and quantitative studies on worldview transformation, we identify five developmental levels of social consciousness: embedded, self-reflexive, engaged, collaborative, and resonant. As a person’s worldview transforms, awareness can expand to include each of these levels, leading to enhanced prosocial experiences and behaviours. Increased social consciousness can in turn stimulate further transformations in worldview. We then consider an educational curriculum to facilitate the understanding of worldview and the cultivation of social consciousness as core capacities for twenty-first century students and global citizens.

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