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ERIC Number: ED187622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Pages: 82
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Future Studies to Secondary School Students: A Curriculum.
Kepner, William R., Jr.
This publication describes a semester-long course developed for teaching future studies to secondary school students. The course is designed as a senior high social studies elective. Objectives are to help students recognize that change will occur, that change in one area will affect other areas, that the future can be influenced, and that they can help create a more desirable future. To implement the course teachers must purchase or have access to print and non-print publisher available materials. Students are involved in many classroom discussions, view films and slide shows, read journal articles, play games, and participate in many group projects. Two ongoing activities which take place throughout the course involve students in one, keeping a journal in which they react daily to activities and ideas, and two, developing a cross impact matrix on weekly topics. The course consists of five units. The first unit is an introductory unit which increases student awareness of future studies and future thinking. In the second unit students examine population growth, pollution, energy problems, and other concerns of a global nature. Students are introduced to urban planning and the nature of formal forecasting efforts in the third unit. Unit four deals with highly personal choices and decisions the students may have to make in their own lives. In the fifth unit alternate life styles and the need for changing institutions and laws to meet changing times are explored. Also included in the publication is a bibliographic essay citing resource materials for teachers. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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