To relate personal beliefs to wider ideologies

Aim

To relate personal beliefs to wider ideologies.

Evidence and reflection

Sometimes when we look back on a personal belief that we held in the past, we can recognise, with the advantage of hindsight, that this individual belief was actually part of a dominant way of thinking influenced by the wider socio-political context and shared by many others. Does this experience sound familiar to you? Try to identify, and make notes on, two or three examples. Ask a colleague to do the same. Then compare notes.

Extension

You can then take this activity one step further and try to recognise newer ideologies that may currently be in the making.