Section 5: Investigating other people and places

Key Focus Question: How can you help pupils explore similarities between different people and different places?

Keywords: research; cultures; places; environment

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this section, you will have:

  • explored difference and similarity across different African contexts;
  • used interactive strategies that allow the comparison of communities and practices across contexts;
  • set up a focused classroom research activity using a range of resources.


When teaching social studies, you are confronted all the time with questions of human diversity and commonality.

This section looks at how you can help your pupils compare lifestyle and economic practices across different contexts and cultures. This will help to develop important social studies thinking skills for you and your pupils.

Resource 6: Climate change in Zambia

1. Exploring similarities and differences between how people live and work