Global citizenship skills

The teaching ideas in Population in Perspective make use of a variety of teaching strategies. They emphasize active learning and critical thinking, and provide many opportunities for student reflection, research and action.

Together with the in-text tools, the teaching ideas give students opportunities to further develop their skills and population education in the following areas:

Gathering information (brainstorming, reading comprehension, identifying main ideas, conducting interviews)

Organizing information (listing, categorizing, sequencing, mapping, graphing, drawing, charting)

Analyzing information (questioning, discussing, comparing and contrasting, identifying components and relationships among components, identifying patterns)

Interpreting information (summarizing, drawing conclusions, defining problems, identifying cause and effect, reasoning)

Applying information (estimating, predicting, synthesizing, proposing solutions, problem solving, making decisions, developing and implementing investigations and action plans)

Evaluating information (identifying bias, critiquing)

Presenting information (writing, illustrating, public speaking, debating, explaining, performing)

Importantly, the teaching ideas and in-text tools offer students many opportunities to develop their global citizenship skills. They gain a population education to help them better understand the world.

Throughout Population in Perspective, students get to work in pairs and groups, debate, come to consensus, take, defend and evaluate a position on an issue of public concern, plan and take action and become involved in community decision-making.


Praise for Population in Perspective

Beyond the richness of material provided in this curriculum on the subjects of the environment, development and population, the curriculum also supports the pursuit of  two other important educational tasks. It is a superb resource for engaging students in the art of critical thinking and  for giving them experience in working with complex problems. 
Gregory Price, Hampshire College President (1989-2005) and author of Teach Them to Challenge Authority
Teaching young people about population and human rights issues is the most radical and valuable lesson they may ever learn. The authors of Population in Perspective are experts in making accessible complex concepts that are transformative and vital for the future of our planet.
Loretta Ross, Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Human Rights Education (1996-2004) and former National Coordinator, SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective