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(Haiti) UNHCR (UN High Commission for Refugees) (Texas)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because the UNHCR site details the situation of refugees around the globe. News releases are listed by date, and include political updates, and the relations of Haiti with their Latin American and Caribbean neighbors. Start by looking at the lead stories on the page and then typing Haiti in the search feature in the upper right. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

6 Billion and Beyond PBS (Harvard)

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Recommended because this PBS site traveled the globe talking to people about the population issues affecting their lives and countries. Topics and materials included in this site are international policy about population issues, study guide, web resources, fact sheets, case studies, press releases and media kits, and country information including environment, economy, reproductive health, women’s status, and perspectives. Start by “Study Guide” since it provides information about how to use this website in the classroom, especially for grades 6 or over classes. I also recommend you show the front page of this site to your students since it contains calculation of world population and babies born since you entered this page, which will help students to recognize rapid increase in both populations. Be aware of the fact that fact sheets in library are downloadable and the front page of this site provides the babies born clock while you are using this site. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 11/23/03.

Amnesty International: Refugees have rights (North Carolina)

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Recommended because Amnesty International is a worldwide voluntary human rights movement that works impartially for the release of prisoners of conscience, fair trials for political prisoners and an end to torture, “disappearances”, political killings and executions. Topics and materials included in this site are brief introduction about human rights of refugees, questions & answers, world refugee day, international migrants day, the migrant rights convention, act now for refugees, refugee news, reports and documents about Amnesty International, and relevant links. Start by “Questions and Answers” since it provides basic information about definitions of refugees or migrants, and refugee or migrant issues. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 5/11/04.

An Overcrowded World?

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this children’s guide – one of an excellent series of 21st Century Debates – is aimed at 11 to 16-year-old schoolchildren. It looks at the impact of human population growth on the planet and how this could affect our future. Over the last fifty years the world’s population has more than doubled. According to some experts, our ever-increasing demands will eventually exhaust the earth’s supplies of fuel, water and food. Reviewed by Peopleandplanet.com.

Citation: Bowden, Rob (2002). ($28.56).

Media Type: Book

Annual Editions: Global Issues 09/10. (2009).

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Recommended because new editions each year contain collections of 30-40 up to date articles from scholars and the world press that examine the most important global issues facing the planet.  The book has a world map, a glossary, a topic guide, and a list of related websites. This is one of many Annual Editions series. Others (see list on the Annual Editions website) are also relevant to specific issues as well as regional studies.

Citation: Jackson, Robert M. (editor). Guilford, CT: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin. http://www.dushkin.com

Media Type: Book

Banking on Life and Debt. (1995).

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Recommended because The video is an overview of World Bank and International Monetary Fund policies that promote poverty, starvation, and ecological ruin. Measured by its ability to engage most high school students, Banking on Life and Debt is spread too thin, covers too much history and too much political economy, and is narrated by too many talking heads. Nonetheless, through examining World Bank and IMF policies in Ghana, Brazil, and the Philippines, the video offers a convincing portrait of an international economic order that drains resources from poor countries in the name of development. And if used with other readings and activities that explore the global debt crisis, this can be an important resource. The video doesn’t bubble over with hope, but we do meet activists in every country visited who describe efforts to organize for alternatives to debt slavery. Review from Rethinking Schools/Rethinking Globalization Resources Page, 07/2002.

Media Type: Media

Beyond the Numbers: A Reader on Population, Consumption, and the Environment.

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Recommended because this reader achieves such a high standard of quality that it probably has several more years of use in the classroom. The individual readings-some reprinted from other places, some solicited for this book-are organized into sections focused on population and consumption, family-planning, reproductive health and rights, population and gender, population and religion, immigration, and the link between population and national security. What distinguishes this volume from some others on the market is the emphasis on social rather than environmental aspects of population; thus Beyond the Numbers would be highly suitable as a supplement in a social studies course, at the high school or college level. One regrettable oversight is the absence, in the section on population and religion, of any serious commentary on Islam. Many of the nations still experiencing rapid population growth are Muslim, and religion surely plays as strong a role in the family-planning of those places as Christianity does in other places. Reviewed from World Population by Gilbert, Geoffrey.

Citation: Mazur, Laurie Ann (Ed.) (1994). Washington, DC: Island Press.

Media Type: Book

City Population (Duke)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its effort to present statistics and maps about the population of the major agglomerations of the world. Topics and materials included in this site are excellent up-to-date data about many population statistics, and maps based on the world and countries, and relevant links. Start by “Overview” since it explains how to use this website and what you can find in this site. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 11/22/03.

Council of Europe: Population (North Carolina)

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Recommended because this site presents information about population issues from European perspectives. Topics and materials included in this site are demographic 2003 year book about population issues pertaining to Europe, publications, and relevant links. Start by “Publications” since it provides two publication series: The Population Studies series and The European Population Papers series. Be aware of the fact that this site offers information about the Roma Gypsy issue. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 11/23/03.

Disposable planet: BBC News (Duke)

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Recommended because based on a six-part BBC series, the site addresses the proposition that the “Earth’s population is soaring, but its resources are finite. Can we provide food, water, energy and televisions, cars and holidays – for everyone, and leave future generations more than a planet-sized rubbish tip?” You can take a quiz to measure your ecological footprint, examine the problem of cities, tourism, waste disposal, and a host of other environmental issues. Start by “Population” since it includes brief introduction about population issues, two mothers’ choices, statsbank, and audio resources. Reviewed by The Study of Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalis

Earth Pulse

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 6, 2012

Recommended because this National Geographic site provides an immense amount of information regarding relationships of human population to world issues.  Especially useful for teaching geography (human, land, movement) and global issues.  Start with The Human Condition, then explore the menu bar on the left.  For primary students, click on the For Kids link.  Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Forced Migration Online (FMO) (Duke)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this site presents a wide variety of resources on forced migrants. Topics and materials included in this site are current news, about 3000 full-text documents, on-line resources, handbooks and guidelines, web catalogue, visual images, and discussion lists about migrants. Start by “Journals” since this page provides two academic journals relevant to migrants titled “Disasters” and “International Migration Review.”Be aware of the fact that on-line resources can be searched by region, key word, and theme. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 11/22/03.

Global Education: From Thought to Action. (1990).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it is an edited book with chapters on the context and practice of global education. Chapter titles include: (1) A Rationale for Global Education, (2) Schooling in America Today: Potential for Global Studies, (3) Global Education: A Conflict of Images, (4) Curriculum Considerations in Global Studies, (5) School Leadership and Global Education, (6) Teacher Development through Global Education, (7) Global Education Partnerships between Schools and Universities, (8) Global Education and the Community, and (9) Global Education as a Change Agent.

Citation: Tye, Kenneth A. (editor). Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Available from Interdependence Press. http://www.interdependencepress.com ($14.95).

Media Type: Book

Global Education: School-based Strategies. (1990).

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Recommended because it is an edited book that provides case study analyses on individual schools that participated in the Center for Human Interdependence’s study of the development of global perspectives with ‘what does it take to bring a global perspective to the curriculum of a school’ as its focus question.

Citation: Tye, Kenneth A. (editor). Orange, CA: Interdependence Press. http://www.interdependencepress.com ($14.95).

Media Type: Book

Global IDP (Internally Displaced People) Project (Duke)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its effort to provide comprehensive information about internally displaced people. Topics and materials included in this site are database, publications, global overview, maps, relevant links, IDP news alert, and news room. Start by “global overview” since it provides brief overview of number of people moving within countries due to conflicts and a world map showing it. Be aware of the fact that information about IDP including profile summary, causes and background of displacement, and humanitarian access etc. will be available by country. It is also worth noting that this site offers journal magazine titled “foreign migration review” in Publications. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 11/22/03.

Global Studies: The Middle East

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it addresses up-to-date issues in the Middle East with articles written from the viewpoint of modern Middle Eastern people. This is an annual edition therefore the topics are relevant to modern issues. Also, this compilation of writings is supported by on-line help. This book is best suited for high school students. Topics and materials include individual country reports with maps and current political topics, and articles written by people from the Arab World. There is an annotated table of contents with entries giving a brief overview of each of the articles. There is also a topic guide to the articles. Issues addressed in the eighth edition include colonialism, current leaders, democracy, education, equal rights, fundamentalism, history, Islamic law, minorities, origins, Palestine, etc. I recommend you start with the topic guide to articles. It lists a large number of primary resource articles by subject. Available for purchase from Dushkin at www.dushkin.com. Ninth edition released in May 2002. Reviewed byApril Lukacsko, 3/25/02. Start by trying the free online version of Using Annual Editions in the Classroom, a support text, go to http://www.dushkin.com/usingae/index.mhtml and click on the book. Be aware of this being a pdf file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Citation: William Spencer. Guilford, Connecticut: Dushkin-McGraw Hill. 246 pages. $20.94. (OSU)

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Globalization 101

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this web site is extremely useful to secondary teachers and students who are studying globalization and global issues. Links which are provided are helpful to students and teachers and extend their research with extensive compilations of governmental and non governmental sources. Start by clicking on Teaching Tools. The user of this web site will find a number of lesson plans dealing with issues such as trade, technology, investment, health, culture, environment, migration, and IMF/World Bank. Reviewed by Ron Reichel. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Health, Nutrition, and Population (Hawaii)

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Recommended because this site is a part of World Bank taking a comprehensive approach to population, linking population policies and programs to poverty reduction and human development agendas, particularly those that empower women. Topics and materials included in this site are documents about general health care issues, design and financing of health care service, nutrition, and population and reproductive health. Start by “population and reproductive health” since it provides some documents to discuss various relevant topics such as family planning, reproductive health, women’s health, safe motherhood, population and development, and population and reproductive health. Be aware of the fact that some of the documents are available in French and Spanish as well as English. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 11/27/03.

How Do You Say … in Creole?

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it offers useful expressions and common phrases in English, French, and Haitian Creole.

Citation: Theodore, C. (1991). Gainesville, FL: University of Florida.

Media Type: Book

How Much Is Enough?

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Recommended because one of the 6 programs of “How to Save the Earth.” Over-population and over-consumption contribute to serious environmental problems by encouraging over-development of pristine lands, contributing to pollution, and squandering our resources. In Mexico City, the world’s second largest city, Carmen Leyte offers family planning education in her community with the support of MEXFAM. In the US and Canada, where a child will consume 50 times more resources than a child in Mexico, Vicki Robin’s New Road Map Foundation encourages a less materialistic lifestyle. Reviewed by Bullfrog Films.

Media Type: Media

International Organization for Migration

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because the site encompasses a variety of migration management activities throughout the world. Topics about migration include assisted returns, counter-trafficking, labour migration, migration health, movements, mass information, and technical cooperation on migration, migration policy and research programme, working group on gender issues, individual portraits, and links to relevant program and project web sites. Start with Media to see photo essays an videos of stories of people and places.  Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12.

Migration News (Harvard)

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Recommended because of its effort to provide timely, factual and nonpartisan information and analysis of international migration issues. Topics and materials included in this site are the newsletters Migration News and Rural Migration News, Changing Face and other Research & Seminars, and the CEME project. Start by “Migration news” or “Rural Migration News” since both sections include current issues, past issues, resources, and data about each topic. “Midwest: Demographic Change” from “Rural Migration News” would be a useful article to learn about the demographic change due to migration. Be aware of the fact that news articles in this site are available in a print-friendly version. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 11/27/03.

Peopleandplanet.com (Harvard)

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Recommended because of its effort to provide a global gateway to the greatest issue of our time: the future health and wellbeing of the human family as it presses ever more heavily on the natural resources of our planet. Topics and materials included in this site are 16 topical sections including overview information, newsfile, books, films, links, factfile, features, and glossary, and picture gallery. The 16 topics include population pressures, food and agriculture, reproductive health, health and pollution, coasts and oceans, renewable energy, poverty and trade, climate change, green industry, eco tourism, biodiversity, mountains, forests, water, cities, and WSSD (World Summit on Sustainable Development). Start by “Population Pressures” since it provides excellent tables and charts at the end of the page. Be aware of th fact that they are building new Picture Gallery over the coming months. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 11/27/03.

Population Action International (Duke)

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Recommended because Population Action International (PAI) is an independent policy advocacy group working to strengthen public awareness and political and financial support worldwide for population programs grounded in individual rights. The mission of this group is the commitment to universal access to family planning, health services, and educational opportunities for girls and women. Topics and materials included in this site are information about population issues, take action, resources, and multimedia. Start by “Population Issues” since it offers information about population issues such as reproductive health, policy, environment, gender & society, international advocacy, and economics & governance. Be aware of the fact that you need Adobe Reader (a link to free download) to open pdf files of the resources and RealPlayer (a link to free download) to watch videos in this website. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 11/22/03.

Population Connection (Duke)

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Recommended because Population Connection is the national grassroots population organization that educates young people and advocates progressive action to stabilize world population at a level that can be sustained by Earth’s resources. Topics and materials included in this site are publications, fact sheets, factoids on world population, take action, and population education. Start by “Reference Material” since it provides a list of resources for population education. It is also recommended to start with Resources for “Teachers” linking to the site “Population Education” offering teaching resources for Pre-K through 12 teachers. Be aware of the fact that there are some free subscriptions or teaching materials available in “Catalog.” Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 11/22/03.

Population Reference Bureau

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Recommended as a leader in providing timely and objective information on population trends (see Datafinder) and their implications as the world population exceeds 7 billion. Sections include focus areas, topics, and regions, datafinder, quickfacts, and PRB library. There are specific pages for educators and journalists,  Start with Datafinder for graphics and stats and Educators which provides lesson plans, resource guides, US in the world, etc. QuickFacts is also recommended since it provides information by topics related to population issues such as education, gender, population trends.  Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12

 

Refugees: AusAid Global Education

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Recommended because this site provides teaching and learning materials to teach about refugees for primary and secondary school students. Topics and materials included in this site are case studies, countries, global issues, and resources in refugee materials primary and refugee materials secondary. Start by either refugee materials primary or refugee materials secondary depending on which grade you teach. Be aware of the fact that as the objective of this group is to increase the amount and quality of global education in Australian primary and secondary schools, this site also includes materials for other global issues such as environment, governance, health, peace building, and water. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 11/24/03.

Road to Refuge: BBC (Duke)

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Recommended because this site tells the stories behind the statistics, using first-person testimonies and in-depth interviews to trace the journey from home into exile and asks why refugees are still fleeing, where they go, and examines how we treat them. Topics and materials included in this site are clickable guides, talking points, slide shows, and photo diary about persecution, the journey, life in a foreign land, the way ahead, and world service radio series. Start by “Overview: Changing world” since it provides basic information about world refugees. It is also recommended to start with “Photo Diary: Life at a Camp” since it provides numerous photos taken by residents in two refugee camps in Tanzania. Be aware of the fact that RealOnePlayer is necessary to listen to audio materials presented in this site. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 11/22/03.

Teaching Population: Hands-on Activities CD-ROM.

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because there are 50 activities for grades K-12. Teaching Population is the ultimate multi-disciplinary tool to introduce students of all ages to how the human race has grown and shaped the world around us. Its ecology, geography, anthropology, economics, biology, history, civics and real-world math all rolled into one. Be aware of the fact that you can find activities by grade and subject level. Reviewed by Population Connection.

Media Type: Media

The Globalization Website

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because because it provides links to a large amount of globalization resources. The site links to organizations, books, people, issues, theories, and a glossary. The site also links to other megasites, data sources, non-English sites (German, French, and Spanish). Start with General Links. and Data Sources (which are categorized by country or issue).  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

The State of the World Atlas: The Unique Visual Survey of Political, Economic, and Social Trends, 6th edition. (1999).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it contains key political, economic, and social indicators translated into full-color maps and graphics. The book provides visual representations of such topics as (1) international debt and inflation, (2) production of goods and services, (3) population growth and migrations, (4) pressures on the environment, (5) military spending and arms trade, (6) freedom of expression, (7) religion and the rise of fundamentalism, (8) racism and gender politics, and (9) language and illiteracy.

Citation: Smith, Dan, & Kidron, Michael. London: Penguin.

Media Type: Book

UNICEF The State of the World’s Children

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its many resources on the world’s children, their issues and lives.  See reports on the state of the world’s children along with many other publications, information by country, and other topics.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA)

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Recommended because UNPFA is the world’s largest international source of funding for population and reproductive health programs. Topics and materials included in this site are information about population issues, regional offices and projects, news, state of world population, and publications. Start by “Population Issues” since it provides basic information about relevant population issues such as development goals, reproductive health, prevention of HIV, promotion of gender equality, securing essential supplies, and sustainable development. Be aware of the fact that this site is available in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 5/13/04.

United Nations Population Information Network (POPIN) (Harvard)

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Recommended because Popin strives to make international, regional and national population information, particularly information available from United Nations sources, easily available to the international community. Topics and materials included in this site are data, publications, organizations, conferences, and links to various organizations. Start by “Data” since it provides global data and regional data about population. Be aware of the fact that you need Acrobat Reader since some documents are available in pdf files. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 11/27/03.

Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children (WCRWC) (North Carolina)

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Recommended because WCRWC work to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children and adolescents. Topics and materials included in this site are projects, take action, reports, news room, photo-essays, relevant links, and archive. Start by “photo-essays” since this page presents slideshows of Afghanistan, Afghans in Pakistan, and Rwanda. It is also recommended to start with “Links” since it provides a list of links to 37 other NGOs, UN, and U.S. government. Be aware of the fact that some of the documents are also available in a PDF file and you need adobe acrobat reader to open them. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 11/24/03.

World Population

Posted by: globaledadmin on Saturday, February 4, 2012

Recommended because this video highlights global population growth in the last 2000 years, demonstrating the strain on the environment and food production. Presented in a chronological timeline, it is also accompanied by visual representations of historical events.  This is an excellent video to be used with middle school and high school students for understanding the relationships between population, environment, and food sources.  Reviewed by Sara Adducchio 2012.

World Population (DVD).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because educators agree that Population Connection’s 7-minute video, World Population is the best-ever graphic simulation of human population growth. As the years roll by on a digital clock from 1 A.D. to 2030, dots light up on an illustrated map to represent millions of people added to the population. Historic references on the screen place population changes in context. Be aware of the fact that this DVD comes with a 12 page activity guide in both English and Spanish. Reviewed by Population Connection.

Media Type: Media

World Population.

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Recommended because this book attempts to serve as a convenient one-volume reference for those who want to know more about various global population problems and issues. Topics and materials included in this book are the overview of the world population, history of world population, short biographies of individuals dealing with population issues, tables of data on world population, ten key documents discussing world population, and a rich directory of important organizations and published or classic works on various aspects of population. Start by the first chapter “World Population: An Overview” since this chapter includes definitions of some important terms, demographic processes, and historical background of population issues. Be aware of the fact that this book includes reviews of numerous print- and nonprint- resources on world population issues. This book is recommended for K-12 teachers looking for teaching resources on world population issues. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 5/13/04.

Citation: Gilbert, Geoffrey (2001). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc.

Media Type: Book

World Refugee (North Carolina)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its effort to present recent news about world refugees. Topics and materials included in this site are news articles about world refugees including Afghanistan, Chechnya, Kosobo, East Timor, Aceh, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Serbia, and Somalia. Start by any particular country that you are interested in teaching to your students or “Refugee Photos” since it provides numerous up-to-date news articles with relevant photos about refugees. Be aware of the fact that the front of this site offers a list of links to refugee sites, organizations, and AID agencies. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 11/24/03.

You Think!

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Recommended because it is a very easy-to-navigate educational tool developed for teachers and student research on environmental, financial, social, political and cultural issues across the world.  There is information on MDGs, AIDS, climate change, corruption, education, energy, food & agriculture, gender, health, information & communications, international trade, natural resources, population, poverty, private sector development, sustainable development, urbanization, water & sanitation, and more. Start by checking out Issues, Multimedia and For Teachers.  Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12.