ERIC Number: ED205408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Changing Global Scenarios: Implications for Education. Number 4.
The author proposes a model for futuristic studies which recognizes the interaction of the educational, social, and economic sectors. The hypothesis is that the relevance of education to social needs is lacking. An explanation for this lack of relevance is that futures forecasting tends to limit itself to only one sector of society, ignoring mutually interactive repercussions. The proposed integrated conceptual framework begins with the total population as the base. A portion of the base is involved in the educational system and a larger portion in the socio-economic sphere. The model is designed to illustrate the framework represented by a series of four overlapping circles representing the educational system, educational policies, social and economic policies, and socioeconomic activities. The model works according to a four step process: (1) a future scenario for socioeconomic activities results in the formation of policies; (2) these policies, when implemented, affect the population base through the socioeconomic sector and through educational policies designed to monitor the educational system; (3) the population responds to the changes positively by increasing production, or negatively, by decreasing it; and (4) the interactive portions of the separate sectors constantly monitor the system. The conclusion is that this framework can provide strategic guidelines for evolving appropriate educational reforms congruent to emerging life styles. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Prediction, Relevance (Education), Socioeconomic Influences
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Bangkok (Thailand). Regional Office for Education in Asia and Oceania.