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ERIC Number: ED221431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Why Teach Population Education?
Cook-Fuller, Charlotte; And Others
Population education can help students develop coping skills and make responsible decisions as members of a family, a community, a nation, and a world. For example, by studying and understanding the impact of changes in population growth rates, compositional characteristics, and migration shifts, students, as future citizens, will be better able to take part in the process of social planning. Population education will help students comprehend the cause and effect relationships which result in vanishing species, severe distress to delicate ecosystems on coastal areas, changing health problems, and manpower needs. Interest in population education is developing across the nation. However, teachers have insufficient knowledge about population and how to infuse it into the existing social studies curriculum. In an effort to ameliorate the lack of knowledge and to develop continued interest in the study of population dynamics, Towson (Maryland) State University has organized the Population Education Institute, which now offers summer workshops for teachers and other interested parties. Teachers are taught that population education encompasses basic population and demographic terms, the relationship of population to standards of living and human health, population impact on environment, population and the economy, and population policies and programs. The paper concludes by outlining the objectives of the workshops and the skills they attempt to develop. (RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A