Future Watch Our Schools in the 21st Century Research Article
Research Article  |   July 01, 1994
Future Watch
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Judith K. Montgomery, PhD
    Chapman University, Orange, CA
  • Gilbert R. Herer
    Children’s Hospital, Washington, DC
  • Contact author: Judith K. Montgomery, PhD, Chapman University, Reeves Hall, Room 111, Orange, CA 92666.
    Contact author: Judith K. Montgomery, PhD, Chapman University, Reeves Hall, Room 111, Orange, CA 92666.×
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School-Based Settings / Research Articles
Research Article   |   July 01, 1994
Future Watch
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1994, Vol. 25, 130-135. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2503.130
History: Received March 8, 1993 , Accepted November 5, 1993
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1994, Vol. 25, 130-135. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2503.130
History: Received March 8, 1993; Accepted November 5, 1993

Past trends leading to the present can be studied systematically to determine where a society may be in the future. Such an assessment of social, technological, economic, environmental, and political trends also allows alternative futures to be considered and pursued. This article reviews major trends that have an impact on everyone in the United States and, specifically, relates this larger perspective to the practices of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in our schools.

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists are provided with trend information to help them understand the forces that soon will bear upon us, including social trends involving the elderly, baby boomers, women in the workforce, health care, and education; technology trends of genetic/molecular biology, computers, and virtual reality; economic trends of a global economy and an information-based society; and political trends of decentralization and modes of participation by people. From such an overview, many may wish to consider developing alternative futures to pursue within their practices.

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