ERIC Number: ED178398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Futuristics and Education. Fastback 131.
Allain, Violet Anselmini
Educators can help people adjust to rapid and continual social change by borrowing techniques developed in the field of futuristics. Specifically, educators can encourage people to think about and react to projected changes. Futuristics (the field of study concerned with systematic study of the future using a wide range of disciplines) is based on the assumption that decisions made now will shape the future. Aspects of futures research that differ significantly from other types of research include that futures planning is action oriented, designed to suggest multiple alternative courses of action, dedicated to anticipating and planning genuinely different concepts of the future, heavily dependent on the rational study of anticipated developments and their consequences, and concerned with creating a probabilistic environment. In addition, the concept of alternative rather than inevitable futures is fundamental to futuristics. Futurists attempt to determine possible alternative futures by considering factors such as history, chance, policy decisions, scenarios of the future, and projections based on group as well as individual opinions. Educators can incorporate futuristics into the curriculum in a variety of ways, including career awareness activities with a future orientation (elementary school), review of utopian literature and library research (secondary school), and interdisciplinary courses on the future stressing forecasting techniques, public policy, technology and educational futuristics (college level). (DB)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Decision Making Skills, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Learning Activities, Planning, Relevance (Education), Social Change, Teaching Methods, Technological Advancement
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
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