1st Edition

Lessons for the Future The Missing Dimension in Education

By Dr David Hicks, David Hicks Copyright 2002
    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    164 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Prologue: Preparing for the Future 1. Remembering the Future: A Personal/Professional Journey 2. Reclaiming the Future: What Every Educator Needs to Know 3. A Lesson for the Future: Young People's Concerns for Tomorrow 4. A Geography for the Future: Some Classroom Possibilities 5. Towards Tomorrow: Strategies for Envisioning the Future 6. Retrieving the Dream: How Students Envision Their Preferable Futures 7. Stories of Hope: A Response to the Psychology of Despair 8. Always Coming Home: Identifying Educators' Desirable Futures 9. Living Lightly on the Earth: A Residential Fieldwork Experience 10. Teaching About Global Futures: The Need for Holistic Learning 11. Questioning the Millennium: Sharing Stories of the Past, Present, Future


    David Hicks is Professor in the School of Education at Bath Spa University College. He has published widely in the fields of geographical education, citizenship education, futures education and global education.

    '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