Annick de Witt

Integrative Worldview Framework : Reflexive Communicative Action

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Worldviews as Entry-Point for Personal, Cultural, and Systems Transformation

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Traditional WorldviewModern WorldviewPostmodern WorldviewIntegrative Worldview
Theistic, dualistic, transcendent view of realityObjectified, materialistic, mechanistic view of realityPluralistic, fragmented, relativistic view of realityHolistic/unified, spiritual-evolutionary view of reality
Knowledge through tradition, convention, scripture (literalism, dogmatism) Knowledge through empirical science, rationality, logic (positivism, scientism)Knowledge through qualitative modes of knowing (social constructivism)Knowledge through integration, mixed methods (pragmatism, critical realism)
Social selfIndependent selfAuthentic selfInterdependent self
Traditional values (ie., solidarity, security, discipline, service, faith, conformity)Individualistic values (ie., achievement, hedonism, success, status, power, fun)Post-material values (ie., self-expression, imagination, openness to change)Universal values (ie., self-actualization, wisdom, universalism, transcendence)
Emphasis on family, social roles and rules, law and orderEmphasis on the future, belief in progress, optimismEmphasis on deconstruction of narratives, social justiceEmphasis on individual and cultural evolution and growth
Nature as meaningful, divinely constructed order (God’s creation)
Nature as instrumental, objectified, resource for exploitationNature as inner source, oppressed voice or entity, larger systemNature as intrinsically valuable, spiritually significant, partner

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Engaging students in transformative learning journeys

Annick de Witt has provided a tool for engaging students in Higher Education to engage in thinking through their own worldviews in relation to the Integrative Worldview Framework. Worldview Journeys doesn’t promote any particular worldview, nor a change of worldview per se. Instead their learning journeys support people to explore their frameworks of meaning for themselves ~ in experiential, introspective, and interactive ways.  These resources:

  • Are based in a transformative pedagogy, aimed at empowering students to thrive under increasingly disruptive circumstances, and enact transformative change and leadership;
  • Are structured into seven-step learning journeys, designed according to the newest insights as emerging from the Sciences of Learning and Development;
  • Support whole-person learning, through reflective, experiential, and interactive practices;
  • Support inquiry-based and metacognitive learning, empowering students to formulate their own learning goals and questions, connect the new knowledge to their life and world, and leverage peer learning;
  • Are supported by our online platform as well as beautifully designed travel journals;
  • Are designed to be scalable, enabling educators to facilitate these learning journeys in their own contexts and courses, without the need for much expert knowledge or preparation time;
  • Are science-based, i.e., based on insights in a wide range of academic fields, as well as developed and studied in an academic context.

© 2023 Tim Saunders PhD : EduSynthesis : Integrative Education Network : Research, Training & Peer Support in Integrative Mentoring, Teaching, Leadership and Sustainable Development


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