The Third World is the world of underdeveloped and developing nations. As one insightful African noted the preferred term once was "underdeveloped" but now the more positive "developing" is used (Yoloye, 1980, p.vii). Both of these terms were originally used by Westerners to describe how far up the technological/industrial ladder non-Western nations have climbed. One might argue about the appropriateness of judging other cultures by one's own standard. In doing so one assumes at least tacitly if not overtly that his own culture is the superior one. At best this leads to paternalism towards the people of the culture in question.
WMU ScholarWorks Citation
Cobern, William W., "The Church, Education and Third World Development" (1982). Scientific Literacy and Cultural Studies Project . 45.
Cobern, William W. "The Church Education and Third World Development."Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation 34 (1982): 236.