ERIC Number: ED344737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Teaching Population: Which Textbook To Choose? A Survey of Secondary Science Textbooks.
Doyle, Andrea; And Others
To aid secondary science instructors and supervisors in selecting texts that provide adequate coverage of population dynamics and impacts, 44 editions of life science, biology, advanced placement biology, and environmental science textbooks were surveyed. The matrices given in this document are designed to provide objective information on each text's inclusion of specific topics related to population and human ecology. This format shows trends in the texts, allows individual texts to be compared, and serves as a tool for educators interested in supplementing weak areas of their specific text. A list of basic information that should be included in a reasonably thorough discussion of human ecology forms the basis of each matrix. These topics fit into categories of general population information, human population dynamics, projections about the future, and the link between population growth, resource depletion, and the environment. Each matrix lists (1) publisher, title, publication date and author; (2) the presence of material on nonhuman population dynamics, human population dynamics, population and the environment, and population and the future; and (3) placement of this material in the text and length (number of pages). The presence of thought-provoking student activities, discussion questions, and supplementary materials such as maps, graphs, and photographs were also considered in assessing textbook effectiveness. (KR)
Descriptors: Advanced Placement, Biology, Conservation (Environment), Ecology, Environmental Education, Futures (of Society), Graphs, Maps, Natural Resources, Population Education, Population Growth, Science Activities, Science Education, Secondary Education, Secondary School Science, Textbook Evaluation, Textbook Selection
Zero Population Growth, Inc., 1400 16th St. N.W., Suite 320, Washington, DC 20036 (first copy free, $1.00 each additional copy).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Zero Population Growth, Inc., Washington, DC.