ERIC Number: ED227939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Choice, Chance and Utopia: Futures-Related Questions and Ideas, Developed by Children in Sweden, Using a Participatory and Multi-Media Approach.
Educational and Psychological Interactions, No. 79, December 1982.
"Gruppo Futuro" (Future Group), a novel educational project linking futures studies to multimedia and giving children control of the content of their instruction by focusing on their views of the future, was implemented in a Swedish fourth-grade class. Participating in the project were 29 children in Tullingebergsskolan, their teacher, and a representative of the Open University at Oxford, United Kingdom. The project took as its starting point the assumption that children can invent their own statements and questions about the future and then build upon them. In the course of the project, children expressed their questions and answers in multimedia forms according to a process established by the Open University Community Participation by Children in Futures Project. The media used were writing, drawing, sculpture, printing (in the form of books of the future), audiocassettes, and slides. The first phase of the project was conducted for 3 days at Tullingebergsskolan; the second lasted 3 days at the Foresta Conference Center, Stockholm, and consisted of an exhibition of the children's ideas as a part of the "Politics of the Future" exhibit of the Seventh World Conference of the World Futures Studies Federation. (Contents are extensively illustrated with photographs. Examples of children's products, with English translations as needed, are appended.) (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lund Univ. (Sweden). Malmo School of Education.
Identifiers: Student Initiated Activities; Sweden; Utopia