News - PopDevEd Teaching Modules for Catholic Schools Now Available

In more than 20 years of teaching a graduate course on issues in social development, I have come to accept that majority of the students – graduates in social science and related fields from the better college in the Philippines and many from abroad – have little or no knowledge of the basic concepts in demography or of the history of population and its impact on human development.  And yet, one cannot seriously discuss social change over time or social development on the community or national level without considering the impact of population dynamics.Hence, I have been forced to devote one three-hour discussion to a “crash course” in demography before moving on to other topics.

I am very pleased, therefore, to see this set of modules (entitled “PopDevEd, Population and Development Education, Teaching Modules for Catholic Schools”) for classes on population and development, beginning in elementary school and moving on to college.  They are creatively done, aimed at involving the student at a given age and educational level, challenging him or her, and leading on to deeper analysis. If put into practice, they should produce not only graduate students better prepared to discuss social issues, but citizens better prepared than most are today to follow and participate intelligently in informed discussion of social policy issues in this area.

The modules on human sexuality and responsible parenthood here presented were first suggested at a seminar for teachers and administrators of Catholic schools, held at Father Saturnino Urios University in Butuan in late 2005.The seminar dealt formally with population and development, but in the open forum the need for modules on sexuality and responsible parenthood suitable for Catholic schools was brought to the fore.  The need was emphasized in other seminars in the series conducted as far south as Marbel and as far north as Tuguegarao and Vigan, and gave rise to the cooperative effort involving many institutions and individuals which ultimately produced the modules. It is worth noting, and encouraging, that the original suggestions came from the provincial “rice roots” of the country and from actual practitioners in the field, teachers and researchers; hence they obviously respond to a felt need.

The modules, while intended primarily for Catholic schools, can also be described as “catholic” in the sense of “universal” in the values on which they insist.  We were pleased that in some of our seminars the participants included not only representatives of Catholic schools, but also some from public and Islamic schools. This encourages us to think and hope that the modules may well be useful in these other schools as well.

Father John J. Carroll

Senior Research Associate

John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues


Note:Comments and queries on the PopDevEd Teaching Modules may be emailed to: or sent to: Office of Population Studies, University of San Carlos, Talamban, Cebu City 6000.The book project was supported by PCPD.