ERIC Number: ED180859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Future Studies in the K-12 Curriculum.
Haas, John D.
This guide is designed to help elementary and secondary school teachers and curriculum developers plan units on the future. It is presented in five sections. Section I discusses the origins of the modern futures movement and the concepts of future studies, time dimensions, global approach, self-fulfilling and self-defeating forecasts, and types of futures orientations. Section II examines human futures in terms of values, knowledge, technology, and social issues. Section III presents methods of forecasting the future: genius forecasting, characterized by the creativity, analysis, and intuitiveness of novelists and scientists; trend extrapolation, the extension of present and historical patterns into the future; consensus of experts on a particular issue; simulation; cross-impact matrix analyses which chart possible future events and their influence on other events; scenarios, decision trees, and pictorial representations of the potential results of alternative approaches to crucial decisions; and systems analysis for use in public policy decisions. Section IV provides suggestions for curriculum planning, including topics in communication, energy, family life, food, health, values, transportation, work, international affairs, and education. Examples of unit formats are also provided. The document concludes with annotated bibliographies of general readings for the teacher and curriculum developer, specific futures topics, and future studies curricula. (KC)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Interdisciplinary Approach, Language Arts, Prediction, Public Policy, Sciences, Social Studies, Systems Analysis, Teaching Guides
Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., 855 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302 ($8.95)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Personnel Services, Ann Arbor, MI.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.