Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Futures Education

by Thomas Lombardo


The rich tapestry, breadth, and intricate interconnections between the topic of the future and the myriad dimensions of human reality afford the opportunity to teach the future and enhance future consciousness through multiple academic disciplines. In this paper I describe a variety of interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches to futures education. I draw upon both the distinctive methods and content areas of these various disciplines. I present these approaches to futures education in a narrative form, explaining and chronicling how each of them has emerged in my teaching over the years. The educational approaches are not incompatible and can be used in combination with each other in a variety of educational venues.

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