Discovering Diversity

Author(s): Jocelyn Armstrong


Discovering Diversity explains and explores the major world religions that now form part of the fabric of Aotearoa New ZealandÃÂs multicultural society. It introduces the reader to some of the beliefs and practices of these faiths, with the aim of increasing empathy, understanding and knowledge. Its curriculum focus is Social Studies Level 5, and it covers the Achievement Objectives: * Understand how cultural interaction impacts on cultures and societies * Understand that people move between places and how this has consequences for the people and the places * Understand how the ideas and actions of people in the past have had a significant impact on peopleÃÂs lives. Part 1 looks at how the introduction of Christianity helped shaped New Zealand as a bicultural nation, and at how more recent immigration is transforming our country into a multicultural society. Part 2 focuses on the six major world religions: Judaism ÃÂ Islam ÃÂ Sikhism ÃÂ Christianity ÃÂ Hinduism ÃÂ Buddhism Part 3 prepares students to conduct a social inquiry based on what they have learnt. The book includes personal histories of young people following these faiths, giving the reader an appreciation of some of the challenges they face. Interesting and thought-provoking activities are included throughout the book, focusing in particular on cultural interaction. The text is highly illustrated with specially commissioned photographs for which the photographer was granted access to mosques, temples, churches, and the homes of some of the people featured in the book.


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Jocelyn Armstrong has taught at Taieri College, Epsom Girls Grammar School and most recently at Diocesan School for Girls where she was Teacher in Charge of Religious Studies. She has been involved in the leadership of the ecumenical movement, both inter-church and inter-faith, at both national and international levels, particularly in Asia.

Introduction -- The social studies curriculum -- A social inquiry -- Part 1: Laying the groundwork -- Chapter 1 Shaping a future -- Chapter 2 New cultures, new religious faiths -- Chapter 3 A multicultural nation -- Part 2: Six religions of the world -- Chapter 4 Judaism's rites of passage -- Chapter 5 Christianity's festivals -- Chapter 6 Islam's way of life -- Chapter 7 Hinduism's living stories -- Chapter 8 Buddhism's ethics and meditation -- Chapter 9 Sikhism's symbols -- Part 3: Preparing to conduct a social inquiry -- Chapter 10 The challenges of diversity -- Chapter 11 Responding to the challenges -- Chapter 12 Inquiry and discovery -- Useful resources Appendix I: My social inquiry planning template -- Appendix II: Concept evaluation.

General Fields

  • : 9781442510180
  • : pearsnz
  • : pearsnz
  • : September 2009
  • : 270x215mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jocelyn Armstrong
  • : Paperback
  • : 72
  • : Colour photographs