ERIC Number: ED180906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
A Futures Curriculum for Symmetry.
Dickmann, Leonore W.
The paper describes a model to aid curriculum developers as they design futures curricula. The objective is to demonstrate how curricula can be holistic in perspective and balanced in provision for student future-focused role image as well as subject matter. The model, based on symmetry (within the individual and the curriculum), has seven facets: alive, purposive, loving, intelligent, truthful, spiritual, and moral. To be included in a futures curriculum based on symmetry, educational material must meet various criteria including that it is growth producing (alive), helps students set and meet goals (purposive), encourages a loving attitude toward others (love), considers changes in the structure of knowledge (intelligence), is authentic (truthful), sensitizes students to positive attitudes (spirituality), and clarifies impact of one activity or attitude on another (moral). Curriculum content could include war and peace, population and food, resources and development, the environment, economy, politics, science and technology, and terrorism. Suggested activities include involving students in discussing each facet, brainstorming, writing poetry and making murals representing various facets, and compiling lists of symmetrical individuals. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the World Future Society (Minneapolis, MN, October 18-21, 1979)