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The Community Choices program is designed to engage communities in a systematic assessment of the linkages between their human resource attributes and their economic development opportunities. This document contains seven modules. Modules 1-3 lay the foundation for doing public policy education work by (1) defining public policy education and introducing a model that can be used to analyze issues of local importance, (2) reviewing how local decisions are made in many communities and how to identify the key policy makers, and (3) focusing on multicultural awareness and sensitizing participants to the fact that local policy decisions must consider the variety of values and perspectives that exist along cultural lines. Module 4 explains how a local economy works and presents a number of economic development options that communities can consider. Modules 5-7 explore human resource issues in the community: how to assess human resource attributes, giving prominent attention to the relationship between educational attainment and unemployment rates, earned income, and poverty status; migration streams and how they affect the stock of area human resources; and the role that family plays in human resource development. Each module contains an overview, references, activities, and an instructor's guide. (TD)

Descriptors: Community Development, Community Education, Cultural Awareness, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Extension Education, Family Role, Human Capital, Human Resources, Instructional Materials, Migration, Nonschool Educational Programs, Public Policy, Rural Areas, Rural Development

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Autor: Beaulieu, Lionel J.; Bolton, Kenneth, Jr.


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