Reflection: Problem-based Approaches Population Growth - Section 3: Discussion


One of the discussion questions regards sterilization campaign in India.  However, the question itself is very general in that it just mentions that it exists without offering substantive details.  The idea is to get students considering women's rights and the divide between developed and developing nations' approaches to the problem of overpopulation. A lot of these topics enter the course content more specifically in the Demographic Transition lesson, but if you would like to go further, I would suggest assigning an article or having students do their own research to find more information on this topic. 

One of the best things about teaching a course like environmental science is that so many of the topics are newsworthy and relevant far beyond the classroom that it should be easy for both you and your students to find supplementary resources that broaden the course content into a more sophisticated understanding of real-world conditions.  How deep you want to go into any one topic really is up to you and your students.  One possible idea would be for students to keep a "scrapbook" of at least one article per unit.  You might want to ask them to identify vocabulary words from the unit that appear in the article and perhaps assign a few general reflective questions asking them to relate the specifics of the situation described in the article to what they have learned in the more traditional, direct instruction lessons. 


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Population Growth

Unit 4: Populations
Lesson 3 of 10

Objective: Students will be able to differentiate exponential growth from logistic growth and explain how various limiting factors ultimately determine the carrying capacity of an ecosystem.

Big Idea: Populations follow somewhat predictable patterns of growth based on their potential for growth and the environmental pressures they are subject to. Nowhere to go but up? Not so fast... populations can and do crash.

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