Lessons for the Future: The Missing Dimension in Education / Edition 1

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Drawing on the latest research in futures studies, this book provides new insights into ways of helping both students and teachers think more critically and creatively about their own future and that of wider society. It acknowledges the crucial role of education in helping young people understand the nature of local and global change and the social and environmental impacts such change will have on their future. Setting out a clear educational rationale for promoting global and futures perspective in education, it provides helpful and stimulating examples of futures-orientated classroom activities. It also includes fascinating research into children's views of the future.

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Editorial Reviews

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'A new publication by David Hicks is always welcome. For more than two decades, Hicks has consistently produced eminently readable accounts of research, and teaching resources grounded in research and practical wisdom ... These qualities are as evident in Lessons for the Future as they are in his previous publications.' - Noel Gough, Australian Journal of Environmental Education

'Admirable and carefully researched academic study of "the missing dimension in education" ... By introducing the personal into his writing this becomes a moving and compelling search "to make the world a better place", from his earliest days working as a geography teacher, to those as a university professor.' - John Abbott, Cambridge Journal of Education

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415276726
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/11/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Lexile: 1250L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David is Professor in the School of Education at Bath Spa University where he teaches on the undergraduate Education Studies degree. He has a particular interest in the need for both a global and futures dimension in the curriculum. David taught geography in schools before directing a national global education project in the 1980s. Since 1990 his writing, research and teaching have particularly focused on ways of helping students and teachers think more critically and creatively about the future. He is internationally recognized for his work on global and futures perspectives in the curriculum.
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Table of Contents

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1 Remembering the future: a personal/professional journey 1
2 Reclaiming the future: what every educator needs to know 11
3 A lesson for the future: young people's concerns for tomorrow 26
4 A geography for the future: some classroom activities 40
5 Towards tomorrow: strategies for envisioning the future 53
6 Retrieving the dream: how students envision their preferable futures 60
7 Stories of hope: a response to the psychology of despair 68
8 Always coming home: identifying educators' desirable futures 78
9 Living lightly on the earth: a residential fieldwork experience 90
10 Teaching about global issues: the need for holistic learning 98
11 Questioning the century: shared stories of past, present and future 109
12 Epilogue: some lessons for the future 122
Bibliography 131
Index 140
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