ERIC Number: ED171600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-May
Reference Count: 0
On the Effectiveness of the Discovery Approach as a Teaching Method for Population Education. Population Education Research Utilization Monograph Series Number 1, Part 2.
Arellano-Reyes, Ma. Felicitas; Villanueva, Carmelita L.
Research is reviewed on the effectiveness of the discovery approach in teaching population education at the elementary and secondary levels. The discovery approach is a key teaching strategy in curriculum developed by the Filipino Population Education Program (PEP). PEP curricula cover the following content areas: demography, determinants and consequences of population growth, sexuality and human reproduction, and family planning. Among the research findings are that the discovery approach is more effective than traditional expository teaching methods in 1) bringing about learning, retention, and transfer; 2) stimulating critical thinking; and 3) developing positive attitudes toward teachers and subject matter. Effectiveness of the discovery approach depends to some extent on teacher and student competence, administrative support, and compatibility of teaching methods in the units into which discovery-approach population education materials are integrated. Suggestions are given for achieving maximum effectiveness in areas of teacher competence, flexibility of time, administrative support, and integration of curriculum. The report concludes with 19 abstracts of research papers and monographs on the use and effectiveness of the discovery approach. (AV)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development, Discovery Learning, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Integrated Curriculum, Literature Reviews, Population Education, Questioning Techniques, Relationship, Skill Development, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Success, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Population Center Foundation, Rizal (Philippines). Information and Research Utilization Div.
Identifiers: Philippines; Population Education Program
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