1. Summary – Aims and Content
This is a classification exercise revising students’ understanding of global levels of
development. Students work in pairs to complete a blank table using a series of
appropriate values found on cards. The classification exercise actively tests whether
students understand these indicators. By the end of this exercise students should be
understand the indicators of levels of development;
evaluate the effectiveness of indicators.
2. Links to WJEC specifications
a) WJEC GCSE Geography A (Mainstream) specification:
Generalisation 2C Key Idea 1, Specific Learning Outcome – identification and
evaluation of the effectiveness of indicators of development; global patterns of
Generalisation 2B Key Idea 4, identification of characteristics of LEDCs and
b) Key skills: C2 1a
c) PSE: ‘have a developing global awareness’
d) Welsh Bacc core: Wales and the wider world.
WJEC Coursemate for New Wider World, Nelson Thorne, 2004. Chapters 13 and 12
for: indicators of development and Kenya.
3. Activities – suggested approaches
An understanding of the characteristics of countries at different levels of
development is required beforehand.
Higher Tier GCSE students. There should be discussion over the meaning of the
values e.g. DR for UK and Brazil
Foundation GCSE students could be given some of the answers e.g. the GNP to
ensure they were aware of the levels of economic development of each of the
countries. Other students could also be given an atlas or text e.g. WJEC Coursemate
to find the information to complete the table.
The activity should take no more than one lesson to complete.
4. Teacher preparation for classroom use
a) Before the exercise.
Teachers need to photocopy enough blank classification sheets for each
pair of students
Teachers need to photocopy, cut up and place in an envelope, enough
statements for each pair of students. Photocopying each set of
statements onto different coloured paper/card will help ensure the correct
content in each envelope at the end of the lesson. The statements are
found on a template, which can be used for the answers.
b) During the exercise
Class discussion to revise students’ understanding of indicators of
development and the characteristics of countries at different levels of
The class is divided into pairs and the material given out.
The correct values are to be placed on the empty squares – much like a
c) After the exercise
Discussion of the answers. Which were the easiest? Why were some
more difficult? Which are the more effective indicators? What do the
different values tell you about the country?
Research facts for a LEDC or MEDC.