ERIC Number: ED178384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Futuristics and Education: An ASCD Task Force Report. Professional Paper, 1979-1.
Van Avery, Dennis; And Others
Educational needs for the future are discussed, particularly in light of how members of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) can help students prepare for the future. The document is presented in six chapters. Chapter I presents an overview of ASCD's long range school and educational plans. Chapter II defines key concepts in the field of future studies including alternatives, purposeful action, holism, extended time frames, interdependence, and perceptions of the universe by individuals. World problems examined in light of these concepts include ecological collapse, rising world population, scarcity of fuel and fresh water, and increasing oil prices. Chapter III focuses on educational implications of alternative futures. Topics discussed include identifying high priority issues, redefining knowledge, refocusing curriculum and objectives, and helping create preferable futures. Chapter IV explains how ASCD members can facilitate a futures orientation for students by joining the World Future Society, reading about the future, and participating in futures studies workshops. Chapter V considers how ASCD members can facilitate collaboration in the area of future studies with businesses, industries, schools, and social agencies. The final chapter offers a brief summary of the report. The document concludes with a directory of individuals and organizations involved in the futurist movement. (DB)
Descriptors: Educational Problems, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Social Change, Social Problems, Values, World Problems
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 225 North Washington Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.