ERIC Number: ED164417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Future and Population: What Will a No-Growth Society Be Like? A Teaching Module.
Population Reference Bureau, Inc., Washington, DC.
This teaching module for high school students and adults examines the future of zero population growth in 26 countries by the year 2000. The module contains an essay for students to read, followed by exercises, activities, and discussion questions based on the essay. Objectives include understanding the components of population change, identifying important issues which may arise as societies approach zero population growth, and evaluating options involved in planning for the future. The essay explores aspects of future life in the selected countries which will probably reach zero population growth by 2000. These countries, all of which are industrialized and relatively wealthy, include Australia, France, East and West Germany, Japan, the United States, and Russia. It is hypothesized that no-growth society in these countries will produce the following: large numbers of people in the older age groups and a consequent need to plan for pensions, health care, and other services; fewer opportunities for promotions in jobs but more emphasis on equality; and less pressure on energy, housing, transportation, and the environment. Activities based on the essay include a crossword puzzle, small group work, role playing, and opportunities for students to describe their predictions about the future. The module also includes an issue of Interchange, the Population Reference Bureau newsletter, which reports on population related matters and describes new teaching tools. (AV)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Birth Rate, Educational Objectives, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Learning Modules, Newsletters, Planning, Population Education, Population Growth, Population Trends, Secondary Education, Social Change, Social Indicators, Trend Analysis
Population Reference Bureau, Inc., P.O. Box 35012, Washington, D.C. 20036 ($1.00 each, two or more copies, $0.50 each)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Population Reference Bureau, Inc., Washington, DC.
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