Module 1, Lesson 2: Can We Predict the Future?

Examining Population Pyramids

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This is the second lesson about population changes in Canada. This lesson goes over the features and types of population pyramids and the stages of the demographic transition model. Students will use the Philippines and Canada as a frame of reference when examining the importance of understanding the demographic breakdown of a population in terms of services and development. Students will discover the Philippines has a larger and younger population than Canada, which would indicate the need for economic incentives to keep young working population in the Philippines. Students will be building on the idea of push and pull factors and will gain further understanding as to why many people are compelled to leave the Philippines in search of greater opportunities elsewhere. Students will use the concepts from the TedTalk by Kim Preshoff, “Population pyramids: Powerful predictors of the future.” Students will apply these concepts to other community groups.

Key terms: Philippines, Canada, population pyramid, demographic transition models, ethnic neighbourhoods, expansive, constrictive, stationary, push/pull factors

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