Students' Abilities to Envision Scenarios of Urban Futures

I. Pauw, Joop van der Schee, Tine Béneker, van der R. Vaart

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we report on students' abilities to envision scenarios of urban futures after a lesson series based on futures education. The results on the critical and creative scenario thinking of geography students in three upper secondary schools improved significantly between a pretest and posttest. However, embedding newly imagined ideas in the spatial structures of tomorrow's cities turned out to be challenging for students. Although geographical knowledge and skills do seem to support students in scenario thinking, it appears to be a complex task to effectively combine knowledge and imagination in scenarios of urban futures.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)45-66
    Number of pages22
    JournalJournal of Futures Studies
    Volume23
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

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