ERIC Number: ED212410
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Development in New Zealand. Development Education Paper No. 19.
Although recognized as being out-of-date, two characteristics of New Zealand's outlook on the world (a monocultural attitude and isolationism), have played a significant part in forming community opinions and attitudes on national and international development questions. Attitudes toward Third World countries are narrowed by lack of information, lack of cultural experience, and suspicion of "political extremism." New Zealand, itself, exhibits many characteristics of a developing country: small in area and population, an island nation, dependent for export earnings on its primary produce, easily affected by overseas economic trends and changes, and deeply in debt to foreign banks. In New Zealand the concept of development education is still new. A few schools offer optional"liberal studies" courses. While regarded as "leftist" or disruptive, churches are beginning to consider aid to developing countries and have established an Ecumenical Secretariat for Development. Major forces in development education are CORSO, International Coalition for Development Action, Co-ordinating Agencies Committee, and World Vision. Possible strategies for development education include formation of coalitions of people already involved to work together nationally, greater attendance at international conferences, international activist exchange programs, and publication of resource materials emphasizing New Zealand's role in development education. (NEC)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Community Attitudes, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Isolation, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Economic Development, Ethnocentrism, Foreign Countries, Foreign Policy, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, International Education, Rural Development, Social Characteristics, World Affairs, World Problems
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Children's Fund, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Development Education; New Zealand
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