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This unit focuses on differing attitudes toward the environment and the philosophies from which those attitudes developed. After finishing this unit, students will: (1) gain an understanding of the concept of world view; (2) trace the historical events that created the Western world view; (3) explain the relationship between world view and the environment; and (4) analyze the Asian philosophies of Taoism and Buddhism as they relate to the environment. The various philosophies have positive perspectives to offer and the students should have the opportunity to discover those points for themselves. A conclusion to the unit could be done effectively by leading students to examine the best points from each with a pro/con chart on the blackboard or overhead using student reactions to create the atmosphere for a lively and positive discussion. An additional evaluation could be assigning a reaction paper with students writing about an attitude or behavior of theirs that reflects the influence of a world view and trying to imagine how this attitude or behavior would be altered if they lived elsewhere in the world. (EH)

Descriptors: Area Studies, Asian Studies, Buddhism, Environment, Environmental Influences, Geography, Non Western Civilization, Philosophy, Religion Studies, Religious Cultural Groups, Taoism, Western Civilization, World History, World Views

Author: Peterson, Burnell

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9488&id=ED392704

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