ERIC Number: ED176037
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Alternative Scenarios of the American Future: 1980-2000.
This report is a summary of the findings of the societal trends survey completed at the National Forum on Learning and The American Future, which focused on factors influencing the future of adult learning. The survey questionnaire and results consist of 120 societal trend statements organized into sixteen different content areas: demography; economy; energy and ecology; politics and government; international relations and national defense; law and justice; community and family; health and medicine; science and technology; work and employment; education and training; culture, humanities, and the arts. The 1074 participants (policy decision makers, educators, and scholars) responded to each societal trend statement in three ways: (1) forecast the direction and rate of change for the trend from 1980 to 2000, (2) assess the impact of the trend on life in America from 1980 to 2000, and (3) comment on the response. The data were analyzed in three groups (liberals, conservatives, and moderates) according to the pattern of responses. Findings indicate that the liberals were the most satisfied with progress in the quality of life during the past decade and the least pessimistic about the likelihood of economic depression. Dominant conservative themes included economic pessimism, national security, free enterprise, military strength, and less government regulation. (Directions for completing the survey and a brief technical summary are presented in the appendix.) (LRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.