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Future-focussed issues strand

October 28th, 2009

In this Day 2 strand of the Shifting Thinking conference a team of facilitators will unpack and explore the meaning and implications of the four “future focussed issues” highlighted in the New Zealand Curriculum: Sustainability, enterprise, globalisation, and citizenship.

Session 1: An introduction to the future focussed issues

Facilitators: Fiona Beals, Rachel Bolstad, Bob Frame, Billy Matheson, Stephanie Pride, Josie Roberts

In this session the facilitators will introduce the four future-focussed issues in the NZC. Each guest presenter will give the audience a small taste of their work/interests/actions/involvement in relation to each of the future focussed issues, and what they see as the challenges for 21st century learning in relation to these issues.

Sessions 2, 3, 4: Workshops

Three different workshops related to the future focussed issues will each repeat twice.

Only Connect: Futures Literacy and the New Zealand Curriculum. An experiential workshop

Facilitators: Bob Frame and Stephanie Pride

The 21st century demands a modal shift in teaching and learning and the principle of futures focus is central to this shift.  Using sustainability as both content and context, this session will explore teaching and learning futures thinking.  You’ll have the opportunity to explore your own futures literacy acquisition, connect this to values, competencies and content in the New Zealand Curriculum and consider ways to integrate futures literacy into your students’ learning.

From Consumer Politics to Active Citizenship

Facilitator: Billy Matheson

Billy will give a brief introduction to his work developing ReGeneration, a learning network for young changemakers, and will then facilitate an interactive dialogue on citizenship in the 21st century. Using Bill Drayton’s vision of “everyone a changemaker” as a point of departure the group will explore a distinction between of passive and active citizenship. Participants in the dialogue will be asked to listen for potential insights into the following questions:

  • What would civics education look/feel/sound like in 21st Century education?
  • How could schools become generative partners in local, regional, and national governance?
  • What is the learning architecture that would support a self organising community of ‘public servants’?
  • How would the governance and management of schools change as a result of these practices?

Challenging the Brave New World Syndrome:  Global Education for Future Thinking

Facilitator: Dr Fiona Beals

In the 1930s, Aldous Huxley wrote about a world dominated by technology and consumerism. It was a world taken for granted; no one questioned it. Today we may just be living in Huxley’s world. So within education, how are we making the taken for granted visible? In this workshop, after taking the diagnostic test for Brave World Syndrome (BWS), participants will be introduced to Global Education as a pedagogical approach to exploring issues around globalisation; they will then experience two activities based on this pedagogy. The workshop is a mixture of theory and activity and is sure to be an antidote to BWS.

Conference: November 2009, Future focussed issues

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