ERIC Number: ED185449
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct-18
Reference Count: 0
Futuristics and Professional Education.
Falk, Dennis R.
This paper explores the current and potential contributions that futuristics can make to professional education and to the professions in general. A brief description of how the School of Social Development (SSD) at the University of Minnesota Duluth has incorporated futuristic principles is presented as a basis for analyzing the relationship between futuristics and professional education. Social development, growing out of a social work tradition is referred to as the process of planning institutional change to bring about a better fit between human needs and social policies and programs. Several basic concepts are described as principles of futuristics, including imaging the future, creating the future, a long-term time perspective, an interest in values, a systems orientation, and using futures methodologies to anticipate future demands. The way in which social development has adopted several of these futuristic concepts in developing a new approach to improving human services by choosing specific values is addressed by the following: (1) fulfillment of basic human needs; (2) human dignity; (3) equality of means; (4) participation; and (5) global awareness. A systems approach emphasizing macro-level changes in social service programs incorporated by SSD is also described. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the World Future Society (2nd, Minneapolis, MN, October 18-21, 1979).