Academic journal article Geography

Lessons for the Future: The Missing Dimension in Education

Academic journal article Geography

Lessons for the Future: The Missing Dimension in Education

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Lessons for the Future: The missing dimension in education David W. Hicks Victoria, BC: Trafford Publishing, 2006. 145pp, 15x23cm Pb: £11.95, ISBN 1-4120-8375-3

In this thought-provoking book Professor Hicks argues strongly that futures studies should be given a much higher profile in all aspects of education. The strength of his argument is made all the more convincing by the evidence he presents. He considers the present nature and purpose of education and argues its importance in contributing to a sustainable future in the twenty-first century. He uses his own experience of teaching geography in secondary schools, working in the field of teacher education and his present position as Professor in the School of Education at Bath Spa University, as well as the latest research in future studies (including his own work) to advocate a clear educational rationale for promoting a greater global and futures perspective.

The premise of the book is that the critical role of education, and of geography teaching in particular, is to allow pupils to gain knowledge and understanding of the nature of local and global changes. It is these changes that will impact on their lives, particularly socially and environmentally. Professor Hicks argues strongly that only with this knowledge and understanding will the future citizens of the twentyfirst century be able to make informed judgements, both creative and critical, about their own lives. …

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