Relational Futures in Preschool

by Heidi Gustafson

ABSTRACT

This paper discusses the importance of preschool education in relation to futures teaching and critical discourse. I will discuss preschool as a functioning, unparallel space that can help define futures oriented education. By outlining preschoolers as presently active collaborators in future worlds as opposed to merely inhabitants of future worlds, this discussion merges integral futures thinking with the surrealism found in the dialect of four-year-olds; revealing a process of education which acts towards futures while living them, and opens possibilities for each of us as we emerge from the shadows of modern education.

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