Jennifer M. Gidley Ph.D

Jennifer M. Gidley Ph.D
Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures
This book explains why the current education model, which was developed in the 19th century to meet the needs of industrial expansion, is obsolete. It points to the need for a new approach to education designed to prepare young people for global uncertainty, accelerating change and unprecedented complexity.The book offers a new educational philosophy to awaken the creative, big-picture and long-term thinking that will help equip students to face tomorrow’s challenges.
The Future: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2017).
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Northern Rivers, NSW, Australia
Jennifer M. Gidley Ph.D. is a renowned futurist, innovative educator, and postformal psychologist. She is President of the World Futures Studies Federation (UNESCO and UN Partner), the global peak body formed in Paris, 1973, representing futures researchers in sixty countries. Her extensive experience in the futures field combines scholarly research and academic teaching. In 2008, Jennifer was awarded the Chancellor’s Gold Medal for Academic Excellence. She is the author of Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures (Springer, 2016) and The Future: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, March 2017).
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How to Create Alternative Futures
Educational Futures suitable for Children
City Futures suitable for Humans

“We all have the capacity to create our desired futures, far more than most of us realise. As the only space where we have a degree of freedom, the future is a site of great power. Who holds that power in your life?”

Dr. Jennifer M. Gidley “The Future: A Very Short Introduction” (Oxford University Press, March 2017)

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