Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Demographic transition - Section 6: EVALUATE: Transition and environmental impact


Many students were eventual successful completing the EVALUATE task. However, many students found the selected database from the US Census to be difficult to navigate. Another tool tried in some classes was developed by Annenberg Learner for an online Habitable Planet course. Here is the tool.

Some students preferred this tool because is shows both the rate of population growth and the population pyramid for a selected country within the same window. Especially for students that demonstrated difficulty matching population pyramid shapes with growth rates, this interactive was particularly effective.  Additionally, the framework for the "Social Impacts" lesson was a useful scaffold for students demonstrating difficulty with identifying factors influencing the population profile of a country. The Iraq example was a useful template for many students to use as they developed predictions about future impact on the environment. 

Finally, for students demonstrating mastery of this activity, this bank of questions from Learnerator was an effective student self-assessment pathway.

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Demographic transition

Unit 4: Populations
Lesson 11 of 16

Objective: Students will be able to: 1) articulate the key elements of the demographic transition (DT) model; 2) construct graphs of contemporary demographic change; and 3) explain contemporary demographic patterns in the context of the classic DT model.

Big Idea: The demographic transition model describes how populations change over time. How might we use this model to explain how the population growth trends of countries will stress the Earth’s limited natural resources?

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