This book discusses the use of futures methodologies to examine and critique teacher education and investigate drivers of change in teacher education contexts, providing readers with futures tools that they can use to explore curricula and pedagogies. It explains futures methods, including scenario development and backcasting, and illustrates them with examples of research in science, technology and mathematics education contexts.
By allowing the long-term influence of current trends to be considered and providing an opportunity to reflect on the present and imagine the future, scenarios provoke discussion on the directions that teacher education might take now. The book offers insights into the possibilities that might exist for teacher education futures and into how scenario building and planning can be used to inform debates about the present. Further, it suggests ways in which readers can influence the future of teacher education through understanding the drivers of change.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Why the Future is Important.- Chapter 2 Key Drivers of Teacher Education.- Chapter 3 Politics of Education: Tensions and paradoxes.- Chapter 4 Current Trends in Technology-enhanced Learning.- Chapter 5 Changing Knowledge, Changing Education.- Chapter 6 Future Methodology: Approaches, methods, tools and techniques.- Chapter 7 Teacher Educators Working with Scenarios.- Chapter 8 Backcasting: Testing the feasibility of alternative futures.- Chapter 9 Schooling Scenarios: Looking back to look forward.- Chapter 10 Knowledge and Technology Challenging the Future.- Chapter 11 Mobile STEM Learning Scenarios.- Chapter 12 Science Education: Past crises, potential futures.- Chapter 13 Backcasting Mathematics Teaching: Preservice teachers' voices.- Chapter 14 Future - Always Coming Never Comes: Embracing imagination and learning.