ERIC Number: ED288769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching about the Future: Tools, Topics, and Issues (Lessons for Grades 7-12).
Haas, John D.; And Others
This document provides a set of lessons and other teaching aids for either a semester-length course on the future or to infuse a futures perspective into other secondary social studies courses. The lessons were designed to fit into many different courses but are particularly appropriate for U.S. history, government, civics, modern social problems, world history, geography, and world cultures. The lessons are organized into three groups. Group one, "Warm-up Mini-Lessons," contains five short lessons, each designed to spur interest and provoke creative thinking. The six longer lessons in group two, "Tools of Futurists," focus on a variety of methodologies that futurists use to develop their forecasts. Group three, "Futures Issues and Topics," contains 19 lessons on a spectrum of substantive issues and topics. Each lesson includes objectives and reproducible handouts for the class. Class time required to complete individual lessons varies from one period to five or more periods. In addition to the lessons, three other aids are provided. These are: (1) an article on "The Art of Forecasting: The Future Made Easy;" (2) a comprehensive bibliography of 235 items which includes a wide range of materials; and (3) the appendix which lists future technological developments. (SM)
Descriptors: Course Content, Futures (of Society), Instructional Materials, Lesson Plans, Methods, Secondary Education, Social Change, Social Studies, United States Government (Course), World Geography, World History
Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., 855 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; Denver Univ., CO. Center for Teaching International Relations.