ERIC Number: ED175804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Futuristic Forecasting: Calculated Curriculum Relevance (Using the Methods of the Futurist as a Forecasting Technique).
King, Gerald N.
The tendency to base educational decisions on criteria established by past policy-making has particularly serious ramifications when viewed in the context of the rapid social change expected in the latter part of the 20th century. In 1973 the Skyline Wide Educational Plan, the research component of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Project for Planning a Secondary School of the Future, cooperated with the RAND Corporation of California to survey a group of national experts on 184 futuristic societal propositions. The survey yielded possible vignettes of future society, which could then be used as a basis for educational planning. The program's hypotheses concerning course design, curriculum, and school management all reflect one basic operational principle: The challenge of maintaining an educational system that remains responsive to the altering student population will increase exponentially with the advance of expanding technology in other fields. The means by which this conclusion was arrived at, the method of results evaluation, a sample of the survey questionnaire, and a statistical listing of the results are appended. (LH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Meeting of the Education Section of the World Future Society (Houston, Texas, October 20-22, 1978) ; Best copy available