ERIC Number: ED066357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
Population Education in the Secondary Schools: A Survey of the Art.
Horsley, Kathryn; And Others
A variety of practical matters about initiating and extending effective population education are dealt with in this paper. In the first section, a summary of teachers' experiences and needs is offered. Teachers who had demonstrated an interest in population studies were contacted to determine what they have done in the classroom, how, with what results, and what kinds of materials/assistance they felt were needed. Responses are statistically indicated and discussed. A survey of school administrators of various levels is discussed in the next section. They were asked: if they considered population growth, its causes and consequences, important for young people to know; if they considered information on population dynamics an important/appropriate element in the curriculum; and whether they would support integration of such units into existing curricula. Over 95% of the responses were affirmative, however numerous qualifications accompanied this support. Other questions dealt with curriculum change processes, willingness to support materials development, and mechanisms for teacher training. The final section of the document deals with recommendations for next steps. These fall into three categories: 1) using existing network of interested persons/institutions; 2) the need for special teacher training; and 3) the need to assess available materials so that the best of these can be made known and available nationwide. (Author/JLB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Population Reference Bureau, Inc., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for the Study of Health and Society, Washington, DC.