A Futures Perspective in the School Curriculum

David Rawnsley


The future has captivated many people, from astrologers to trendsetters.
However, it is rarely explicitly studied in the school setting. While businesses
frequently develop five-year plans and government departments look to the
immediate future, educational institutions have been slow to adopt forwardlooking
foci in their curricula. Futures studies is an established global field of
study that is now gaining greater prominence and covers a spectrum of
practices, ranging from examination of current trends to critically working
for the creation of specific futures. It offers techniques, methodologies and
concepts that have relevance in the classroom. This paper is an exploration of
the need for education to be more futures-oriented and of ways in which
established futures concepts and methodologies can be incorporated as part of
a futures perspective across curriculums.

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