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What about foresight literacy? Equipping students to engage in unknown futures

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conference contribution
posted on 2024-06-17, 06:10 authored by D Bateman
In education, there is much rhetoric about a school's capacity to prepare learners for 'the future'. For example, there have been 'Schools of the future', 'Lighthouse schools of the future' and many claims from schools around the world that their roles encompass 'educating students for the future' and developing 'citizens of the future'. However, as 'futures educators', the questions must be asked: 'whose future?' and 'what future?'. Considering texts which promote this educational premise require tools and philosophical understandings, in order to deconstruct and articulate the future for which we prepare our young. This paper describes the way in which foresight literacy can be developed through engagement with explicit futures education tools and concepts. It highlights a number of futures texts indiscriminately presented within culture and society, and exposes some of the ways in which foresight (futures) understandings can be achieved. This reading, writing and articulation of a multiplicity of futures is referred to as foresight literacy. This paper does not address the 'future of literacy', but rather the way in which futures education equips students to engage with texts assuming, and describing a future.

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1-14

Location

Darwin, Northern Terroritory

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  • Yes

Start date

2006-07-08

End date

2006-07-11

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

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2006, The Author

Editor/Contributor(s)

Rennie J

Title of proceedings

Voices, vibes and visions: hearing the voices, feeling the vibes, capturing the visions - proceedings of the AATE/ALEA national conference 2006

Event

AATE/ALEA national conference (2006 : Darwin, NT)

Publisher

Charles Darwin University

Place of publication

Darwin, N.T.

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