ERIC Number: ED240119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Inventing the Future: Options and Strategies for Educators.
Burdin, Joel L.; Nutter, Norma
A brief overview of Alvin Toffler's "waves" explanation of history (agricultural, industrial, and post-industrial) introduces reflections on future educational practices. While the limitations of the typical American home once made it imperative that education occur in centralized places, societal changes, as well as the development of individual learning tools such as television, computers, and learning discs, point toward a future in which the home may become a mainstream location for education. Placing education outside the schools--in homes, in neighborhood centers, and in community businesses and agencies--will change the nature of schools. However, there will continue to be many educational activities within the schools. Students will go there for specific purposes, and educational personnel will operate out of the schools. They will interact through technology with their students elsewhere and use the schools as bases from which to work with students of all ages. Schools will become centers for community educative activities, not only during the traditional times and months of schooling, but also in evenings and during the summer. The varied roles and opportunities of educators are considered. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (36th, San Antonio, TX, February 1-4, 1984). Parts of pages 2-5 were developed in collaboration with Crystal Gipps.