World view & attitudes

From Community Narrations

Aims of the practice and description of participants

- Verification of the worldview.
- Self-reflection, critical thinking.

Resources, Materials needed

Cards with attitudes / cards for participants to write down their attitudes.

Duration

35 mins.

Step-by-step - what has to be done?

5 min: Read the excerpts from the articles / thesis below. What is your view on this? Which of the articles is closer to your views?
Present with example theses:
A. Ukrainians take jobs from Poles and have a bad influence on the condition of the state.
B. The image of sex offenders should be published.
C. The Catholic Church should be responsible for the formation of the family.

  • exercise can be done without articles, participants choose their own views and we work on it.

20 min: Analysis of thesis (evaluation sheet)
1. Is your view true because:
do you believe he's real because others think so?
do you want to believe he's real?
have you always believed in its truthfulness?
is it in your private or group interest for it to be real?
do you have reliable knowledge on this subject?
2. Can you clearly present the arguments for your position? If so, write them down on a piece of paper and then think about how they can be verified for truth.
3. Do you know the counter-arguments of the opposing party and are able to refute any of them? using hard data?

10 min: Group discussion, conclusions

Learning Outcomes - which skills are addressed?

Realizing that the position taken often depends on emotions rather than facts. The stronger the emotional involvement, the greater the tendency to conflict and ignore facts. Realizing that you can easily be manipulated. We like the stories best that confirm our vision of the world. Fake news writers use it extensively.

How do you check the outcomes are reached?

- Questions and comments on own attitudes, biases.
- Verbalizing changes in biases.

Further links/readings

https://drive.google.com/open?id=12nwIDoIRUgx18f4o4YdgKshBLdBLYMnZ