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Terminology is it LEDC, LIC or just developing country?

I have been having this quandry for a while now. What terminology do we use with this new spec as far as classifying the state of development in a country?
Is it LEDC, LIC/HIC/MIC or just developing and developed.
The green Oxford textbook uses HIC/LIC/MIC but there seems to be no mention in exam questions of this terminology.
Am I going to confuse students if I start using it and then they are simply referred to as in the Oxford textbook developed and developing.
Is LEDC/MEDC now old school??

Please help

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Comment by Anne Logie on September 4, 2009 at 9:21am
In the spec it uses developed and developing so that is what should be used in wording exam qs.
Comment by Bob Digby on September 4, 2009 at 1:19pm
Hi Alexandra and Anne

yes Anne's right - we consciously used 'developed' and 'developing' in the spec so as to encourage less categorisation, and more of a view of development as a spectrum. The terms HIC/LIC etc in the textbook are used to refer only to income levels, rather than generalised categorisation. HIC/LIC wouldn't be used in the exams, unless in the DME resource booklet where, were it to be used, it would come with definition included.

Hope that helps

regards
Bob
Principal Examiner for Unit 3
Comment by Jon Wolton on September 4, 2009 at 5:55pm
Thanks Bob!
Comment by Alexandra Hall on September 5, 2009 at 8:49am
Thank You that has helped a lot!
Comment by Thomas Rowell on March 12, 2010 at 10:37am
having done my a-levels in mid 90's and then a development studies degree, late nineties, I was quite surprised when I start teaching 10 years ago to find LEDC/MEDC being the norm, and still today! I much prefer the developed/developing idea, the spectrum/pathway idea is very helpful I think, it's a shame 'developed' gives the impression of "final point on the spectrum".

We will forever debate this one!
Comment by Paul Turner on February 25, 2012 at 9:24am

Surely Hans Rosling's Gapminder is the answer to all these questions! http://www.gapminder.org/

Comment by Thomas Rowell on February 25, 2012 at 9:47am

Of course, just brilliant.  He's worth following on Twitter too, he tweets some real gems.

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