ERIC Number: ED184941
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
A Metro Network for Educational Futures: State of the Process.
Bleedorn, Berenice D.
This paper presents a history and description of an introductory college level survey course on the future. The objective of the course is to help students recognize the importance of considering the future in every category of learning. A new futures study curriculum at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minnesota, was introduced in 1975. Initial steps included developing a course outline, convincing university officials that a future study course was necessary and desirable, and circulating brochures announcing the course to the public. Course design stressed involvement of guest lectures; discussions led by local volunteers; participation by the teacher as facilitator rather than a depository of knowledge; and extensive use of a wide variety of teaching methods involving reading material, films, field trips, and projects. Topics covered in the course since 1975 include "Techno-Futures and the Individual;""Implications of Religious Messages;""Transportation: Present and Future;""Legal Utopias in a Changing World;""Educational Futures; "Sharing Global Resources;""Genetic Engineering and the Future;" and "Communication Media of the Future." Feedback from students was encouraged and course topics and activities were tailored to student interests. Expectations of course developers are that the course will continue to evolve and attract a wide variety of students. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at Conference of the Education Division of the World Future Society (2nd, Minneapolis, MN, 1979).