ERIC Number: ED199175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Making Changes: A Futures-Oriented Course in Inventive Problem Solving. Lesson Book.
Thomas, John W.
This textbook/workbook for secondary school students is designed to stimulate inventive problem solving of future world problems. It is organized into four units and contains 23 lessons. Unit I defines the nature of the course and provides methods for stating and defining problems, brainstorming, working in groups, and judging ideas. Unit II discusses methods for forecasting the future and determining accelerating trends, and food crisis solutions. Unit III focuses on analogies as a means to problem solving. Unit IV presents a "Future Wheel", which is a method of looking for possible consequences and needs that might result from an event or development. Each lesson lists objectives, contains numerous illustrations, and is activity oriented. Students learn to construct checklists and matrices for problem solving. Activities include finding solutions to school vandalism; controlling forest fires; designing uses for old airplanes, warships, and mattresses; and designing solar and underground housing units and a special windmill to meet the needs of a farm family. The final lessons focus on a class-wide activity, Project Vista, a planned community for which students design housing and sit on committees for the environment, education, work, and health and welfare. (KC)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Decision Making Skills, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Learning Activities, Problem Solving, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Units of Study, World Problems
ETC Publications, P.O. Drawer 1627-A, Palm Springs, CA 92263 ($8.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.