Futures in Education, GIDLEY, BATEMAN and SMITH 2004

Futures in Education: Principles, practice and potential
Monograph Series 2004
No. 5
Jennifer M Gidley
Debra Batemen
Caroline Smith
Australian Foresight Institute
Series Editor: Richard A. Slaughter

The notion of teaching and learning explicitly about futures in education is not new. It is well over thirty years since the first school and college classes were held. Since then many hundreds of school based innovations have subjected these initial ideas and practices to a variety of iterations and tests. What they collectively tell us is that young people are passionately interested in their own futures, and that of the society in which they live. They universally ‘jump at the chance’ to study something with such intrinsic interest that also intersects with their own life interests in so many ways.

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