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ERIC Number: ED200279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan-28
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
A Teacher's Guide to Setting Up a Futures Studies Course.
Wagschal, Harry
Given the increased popular and academic interest in futuristic topics, interested instructors should prepare for teaching futures studies courses. In doing so, teachers can begin by acquainting themselves with relevant literature and by participating, if possible, in the activities of the World Future Society and other organizations devoted to futures topics. After this exposure to futuristic themes, the instructors can incorporate futuristic content into their current courses, keeping in mind five general principles: (1) the challenges of the future are in part determined by present trends; (2) futures studies involve the use of scenarios and other forecasting tools; (3) the complicated challenges of the future require creative problem-solving; (4) each individual can influence the future by his/her present actions; and (5) in studying the future, the individual must become sensitized to others' perspectives and values. Course content should involve a general thematic examination at the secondary level and an examination of forecasting techniques at the postsecondary level. Course objectives should aim at enabling students to become conscious of future problems, to think in the future tense, and to plan for and achieve scenarios of the future. These objectives can be achieved through seminars and simulation exercises. (Selected student responses to a futures course and a 56-item bibliography are included.) (JP)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Educational Alternatives for a Changing Society Conference (Miami, FL, January 27-30, 1981).