ERIC Number: ED237422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Futurism and Education: Some Perspectives for Global Educators. Occasional Papers Series, No. 3.
Norris, Neal; Salomon, Manjula
A working knowledge of futurist perspective is becoming essential to educators. While global education acquaints students with their responsibilities as members of a group extending beyond their personal and local boundaries, futurism awakens students to the interconnectedness of past, present, and future. Although debate exists over whether it is an art or science, futurism is defined by Toffler and others as a methodology that clarifies and communicates future possibilities to decision makers. A course entitled "History of the Future" taught at the secondary school and college level illustrates how this perspective can prepare students to make choices among perceived alternatives that may be considered when examining historical, contemporary, and future issues. The course begins with an introduction to the concepts of change, progress, and the future through a study of nuclear weapons capabilities. This is followed by an examination of 25 American historical myths, a consideration of historical fallacy, and an exercise in creating models of historical development. In the next phase of the course, a study of futures planning and problem solving techniques culminates in an exercise in which students play a future president faced with approving a Congressional bill which legalizes the manufacture and sale of renucleated ova. The course concludes with a survey of emerging societal trends. (LP)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Creative Thinking, Decision Making, Educational Improvement, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Higher Education, Prediction, Problem Solving, Relevance (Education), Secondary Education, Trend Analysis
Global Perspectives in Education, Inc., 218 East 18th St., Box 76, New York, NY 10003 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Global Perspectives in Education, Inc., New York, NY.