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ERIC Number: ED066374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
Pages: 95
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Population Education in the United States: A Report to the Commission on Population Growth and the American Future.
Viederman, Stephen
Population education is a planned, integrated, and sequential approach to population learning. It is defined as the process by which the student investigates the nature and meaning of population processes and characteristics, the causes of population changes, and the consequences of these for himself, his family, his society, and the world. Its goal is to assist students to conceptualize the relevance of population for themselves, and to assist them thereby to make rational and responsible decisions about population matters. To achieve this, relevant concepts and materials need to be integrated into the curriculum in a systematic way. Population education shares knowledge/skills with several other fields, but has its own logic, structure, and goals. It is concerned with developing understanding as well as exploring values. Conclusion-oriented and open-ended educational programs are contrasted and discussed. Emphasis is placed on value-fair approaches in which a student is viewed as an inquirer. There is no evidence that anything near an adequate population program now exists in American schools. The Office of Education's role in the development of population education is assessed and found wanting. The needs of the field are listed and suggested roles are outlined for governmental and private efforts. (ED 051 055 is the Preliminary Report.) (Author/JLB)
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