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ERIC Number: ED148705
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Pages: 46
Abstractor: N/A
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Sociopolitical and Educational Climates for Population Education in the United States.
Poffenberger, Thomas
The paper reviews major issues in population education. It offers suggestions for clarifying objectives of population education courses so they will be consistent with both the interests and needs of a society and individuals and groups within the society. Population education is defined as an educational process which assists the individual in gaining literacy in all areas of population study. A review of literature related to population education reveals that scholars in these areas disagree on whether courses on population (1) should be problem oriented or discipline oriented; (2) should be value-free or related to social values; and (3) should offer information and/or assistance to youth regarding effective fertility control. There is also a lack of consensus on whether controversial issues such as minority population growth rates, sterilization, abortion, adolescent pregnancy, and government-sponsored food distribution to poorer nations should be dealt with in the schools. In addition to a lack of consensus in these areas, other major problems exist in population education programs. Many of these programs fail to observe local educational needs and minority group opinions, fail to base courses on information which would enhance rational decision making on an individual and social level, and have a propensity to assign population courses to teachers to whom adolescents do not relate. The conclusion is that population education should be taught as a problem-oriented subject and should consider the needs and interests of the individual student, the family, the community, and society. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Population Education Workshop (Elkridge, Maryland, March 12-14, 1975)