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An explanation of how and why population size can decrease. A mother is interviewed to explain why she is having fewer children compared to her parents and grandparents.
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11 October 2002

Classroom Ideas

Start off with a glossary of key terms, to include birth rate, death rate, replacement rate, and population density. (NB this clip refers to fertility rate as 'birth rate'.) Play the clip whilst pupils have a copy of the demographic transition model in front of them, and they place these characters on it: Jill, Jill's parents, Jill's grandparents, and Jill's son Christopher. Ask pupils to list the reasons why Jill has chosen to have fewer children than her ancestors, and then ask them to add more reasons. They could also predict future trends in the UK and abroad.

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