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)
★ Analyzinginformation (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 The First Edition
A treasure trove of resources for teachers that challenges us to question widely-held myths about power and wealth in the world. This book will strengthen every teacher's curriculum.
Bill Bigelow, Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World
An excellent teaching resource for teachers who are seeking to address the complexity of population, environment and development with enlightened ideas, analysis and exercises.
H. Patricia Hynes, Professor of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health