ERIC Number: ED134521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Population Education and the Federal Role. Report.
Federal Interagency Committee on Education, Washington, DC.
This document presents an overview of the status of population education in the United States and recommends ways in which federal agencies can provide leadership and support in expanding population education programs. The interdisciplinary nature of population education makes it easy to infuse into existing curricula at all grade levels in social studies, geography, and history. One reason for studying population is that changes in fertility behavior are exerting an impact on the entire social system. This includes the operations of schools by changing the number of children who move through the educational system. Although many developing countries have recognized the need in the past decade for emphasis on population education, similar programs in the United States have moved slowly due to lack of resources and competing priorities for innovative programs. There is a need for appropriate teacher training, material development, and research to develop curriculum content. In the nonfederal sector, some school districts are integrating population units into elementary and secondary level courses. The Population Reference Bureau effectively translates demographic and related phenomena into understandable materials for lay readers. Thirteen recommendations for federal involvement stress the role of agencies, such as the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Bureau of the Census, National Science Foundation, and National Institute of Education, in emphasizing population education priorities in annual program planning. (AV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Federal Interagency Committee on Education, Washington, DC.