ERIC Number: ED121688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Teaching the Future: A Guide to Future-Oriented Education. Education No. 4.
Kauffman, Draper L., Jr.
This handbook is a practical guide containing background reading and classroom exercises on future studies for elementary and secondary teachers. The book begins with a rationale for future-oriented education and a discussion of the objectives of a futuristics curriculum. Part II, which comprises the major portion of the document, contains 22 classroom exercises on ways of thinking about the future, trends, forecasting and prediction, alternatives and imagination, the use of models, and a systems approach to futures studies. Part III presents two longer exercises aimed primarily at senior high school students that deal with (1) global survival and (2) society and foresight. Each exercise has been successfully used or readily adapted by teachers. Students are involved in classroom discussion, making maps, field trips, interpreting graphs, conducting polls, story completion, designing a model of communities, problem solving, simulations, and research projects. Materials needed, questions to stimulate student discussion, and teaching procedures are described for all exercises. Also included are appendices which contain a brief history of the study of the future; a scenario for a role-play exercise for use in inservice teacher workshops; a guide to books, magazines, audiovisuals, and simulation games of special interest; a bibliography; and a glossary of basic terms. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Class Activities, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Glossaries, Models, Objectives, Prediction, Resource Materials, Simulation, Social Change, Systems Approach, Teaching Methods, Trend Analysis, Vocabulary, World Problems
ETC Publications, P. O. Drawer 1627-A, Palm Springs, California 92262 ($12.95 hardcover, $5.95 softcover)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For a related document, see SO 009 078