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.