Worldview Metapractice

Incorporate the perspective of worldview awareness into your reflective practice for better planetary development.

Take the Worldviews Test below to see if your worldview is more …

Traditional, Modern, Postmodern or Integrative

The Test and Guide will enable you to think about …

What  are your most and least preferred options?

What does this say about your educational values?

How does your most preferred option resolve the perceived problems of your least preferred option?

How might the other two options contribute to a mixed approach which enhances your primary preference?

How could you include all four options in one framework?

How do you maintain a caring, critical, creative and collaborative attitude towards people with different curriculum ideologies?

P4T Metatheory: reconciling and balancing competing values in the field of practice

Take the Worldview Test

A quick guide to the typology, online test,  interpreting your results and developing practice

Worldview Metapractice Test & Guide Dr Tim Saunders P4T : Philosophy for Teachers : p4t.org.uk Aims 1. Know yourself better in terms of 4 Worldviews – take a test as a quick way in 2. Personalise theory better – self-author your own blended worldview for academic and professional purposes 3. Develop better practice – how you can develop your practice in harmony with your worldview 4. Teach for a better world! 4 Metatheory : P4T Map 4Ps of Personal, Pedagogical, Professional and Planetary Development 5  Metatheory : P4T Map The focal practice of Worldview as part of planetary development 6 Source of the P4T Worldview Typology Annick de Witt P4T utilises the Worldview Journeys interactive platform developed by Annick de Witt which offers transformative, science-based learning tools and programmes that bring awareness to our worldviews ~ the “big stories” through which humans make sense of their experience and world. Worldview Journeys website: https://worldviewjourneys.com Source of the P4T Worldview Typology Annick de Witt’s academic website: https://annickdewitt.com/ de Witt, A. & Hedlund, N. (2017) Toward an Integral Ecology of Worldviews: Reflexive Communicative Action for Climate Solutions in Sam Mickey, S., Kelly, S., & Robbert, A. The Variety of Integral Ecologies: Nature, Culture, and Knowledge in the Planetary Era. New York: SUNY Press pp. 305-344. What’s your overall way of thinking about the world as a whole? Worldview 1 Know Yourself 1 Minute Task: Identify your most preferred and your least preferred worldview The big story that helps me make sense of the world is … A Preserving the traditions of my community for the good of all B Scientific, economic and technological progress C Caring for those excluded and exploited by the powerful D The wellbeing and sustainability of the planet as a whole What’s your overall way of thinking about the world as a whole? Curriculum 1 Know Yourself 1 Minute Task: Note the terms used to define the different types of worldview The big story that helps me make sense of the world is … Worldviews A Preserving the traditions of my community for the good of all Traditional B Scientific, economic and technological progress Modern C Caring for those excluded and exploited by the powerful Postmodern D The wellbeing and sustainability of the planet as a whole Integrative Traditional Modern Postmodern Integrative Socially caring and communitarian spirit Respect for tradition and social order Humility and willingness for self-sacrifice Recognizes the power of discipline Deference to community leaders Privileges rationality & critical thinking Individual creativity, achievement, and enterprise Universal human rights; spirit of democracy Commitment to progress: scientific, technological, and economic Respect for plurality of views and perspectives Commitment to inclusion, equality, diversity and social justice Suspicion of big stories / grand narratives Concern for environment Critical of materialism and capitalism Seeks to overcome dualisms and polarities Commitment to existential values and concerns Highly reflexive, working on soneelf (be the change you want to see) Holistic appreciation for planet, complex systems and regeneration Getting an Overview of deWick’s Typology in Relation to Your Preferences Curriculum 1 Know Yourself 5 Minutes Task: Reflect on the table to assess how well you know yourself Link to Worldviews Test Exploring and Analysing Your Worldview Curriculum 2 Personalise Theory 20 Minutes Task: Take the Online Worldviews Test Complete the test and get your results by email (n.b. check your spam inbox in case it is directed there). Reflection: read the emailed results to see if your predictions were accurate. How does this make sense of you as a person and your way of life? How does this make sense of your interests in education as a teacher? 2. Thinking: what are the pros and cons of each worldview for teaching and learning 3. Discussion: compare your most preferred and least preferred worldview with other students / colleagues Articulate Your Own Curriculum Worldview for Academic / Professional Purposes Curriculum 2 Personalise Theory 20-30 Minutes Task: Reflecting on and Thinking about Worldviews 1. My principal worldview is … (most preferred option) 2. I also believe that it is important to … (2nd most preferred option) 3. I also take into account … (3rd most preferred) 4. My least preferred worldview is … but I still recognise its value for … (least preferred option) 5. There is a danger that … (why you don’t like your least preferred) 6. However, if we concentrate on … this will be kept in balance (how the benefits of your most preferred option provide a solution) Articulate Your Own Curriculum Worldview for Academic / Professional Purposes Curriculum 2 Personalise Theory 20 Minutes Task: Write a summary of what your principal worldview means to you with reference to the other three worldviews  In the light of your own perspective on worldviews how would you argue for or against the P4T hypothesis that: The Integrative worldview is best conceived as the collaborative goal of a shared educational worldview The Traditional worldview is best conceived as the carinng ground of a shared educational worldview Articulate Your Own Worldview for Academic / Professional Purposes Curriculum 2 Personalise Theory Open ended Task: Explore the extent to which your worldview matches the P4T worldviews hypothesis The Postmodern worldview is best conceived as providing the critical direction of a shared educational worldview The Modern worldview is best conceived as the creative instrument of a shared educational worldview Articulate Your Own Worldview for Academic / Professional Purposes Curriculum 2 Personalise Theory Open ended Task: Explore the extent to which your worldview matches the P4T worldviews hypothesis Click to return to p4t.org.uk 1. How can you integrate the other practices of Planetary Development in P4T with your worldview i.e. Peace philosophy, Political philosophy and Civilisational philosophy? 2. How could you teach better in line with your worldview? 3. How could you explicitly share your worldview with pupils/students so as to be more open about the big picture, engage their interest and invite feedback? 4. What kind of worldview do pupils/students prefer and how could you use such preferences to teach better? Articulate Your Own Curriculum Worldview for Academic / Professional Purposes Curriculum 3 Develop Practice Open ended Task: How could you integrate your Worldview into other forms of planetary development? 1. How do your worldview and the practices of Personal Development mutually enhance one another? Your Mindfulness. Personality. Spirituality. Way of Life? 2. How do your worldview and the practices of Professional Development mutually enhance one another? Your Teamworking. Professional Culture. Leadership Styles. Transformative School/University? 3. How do your worldview and the practices of Pedagogical development mutually enhance one another? Your Thinking. Imaginative Teaching. Positive Teaching. Curriculum design? Articulate Your Own Curriculum Philosophy for Academic / Professional Purposes Curriculum 4 Teach for a Better World Open ended Task: Explore how your worldview connects with other dimensions of educational philosophy to create a better world in practice.  Exploring and Analysing the Worldview of your Group Curriculum 2 Personalise Theory 60 Minutes plus Task: Take the Online Worldviews Test with your Group Having taken the worldview test to explore your own worldview there is also a facility to take a Group Worldviews test to better appreciate the range of worldviews in your team, group or organisation Click image to go to Group Worldviews Test 18 Please include these references in any academic writing Saunders, T. (2020) Philosophy for Teachers: Worldview Metapractice Test and Guide [Online]. Available at https://www.p4t.org.uk/metapractice/worldview/ [Accessed …] de Witt, A. & Hedlund, N. (2017) Toward an Integral Ecology of Worldviews: Reflexive Communicative Action for Climate Solutions in Sam Mickey, S., Kelly, S., & Robbert, A. The Variety of Integral Ecologies: Nature, Culture, and Knowledge in the Planetary Era. New York: SUNY Press pp. 305-344. References

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