Papers & Workshops



A Futures Perspective in the School Curriculum


Dr David Rawnsley

Director of Curriculum, St John's Grammar School, Belair, South Australia

The future is rarely explicitly studied in the school setting. Educational institutions have been slow to adopt forward looking focuses in their curricula, either at the local or at the global level. While the future cannot be known with any degree of certainty, possible futures can be creatively explored, probable futures can be identified, and attempts can be made to either avoid or encourage specific scenarios in seeking a preferred future. Futures Studies is an established global field of study which is now emerging into greater prominence, and covers a spectrum of practitioners ranging from examiners of current trends to people critically working for the creation of specific futures. It offers techniques, methodologies and concepts which 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 the curriculum.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000

Equipment: Overhead Projector