Disaster education in Australian schools

Boon, Helen J., and Pagliano, Paul J. (2014) Disaster education in Australian schools. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 30 (2). pp. 187-197.

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Australia regularly suffers floods, droughts, bushfires and cyclones, which are predicted to increase and/or intensify in the future due to climate change. While school-aged children are among the most vulnerable to natural disasters, they can be empowered through education to prepare for and respond to disasters. School disaster education is essential to raise awareness among students and their communities and to encourage preparedness action. However, evaluation of Australian school-based disaster education programs has been limited. This article presents the results of a critical literature review of peer-reviewed publications on disaster education programs in Australian schools conducted through Scopus, A Plus, PsycINFO and the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) databases. Results highlight a significant dearth of studies examining disaster education programs in Australian schools. Recommendations for future research are proposed to bridge knowledge gaps and establish disaster preparedness resources that support children's knowledge and preparedness for disasters.

Item ID: 38147
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2049-775X
Keywords: climate change, disasters , education, school, environment, Australia
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2015 23:16
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 20%
13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130106 Secondary Education @ 40%
13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl Maori) @ 40%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 100%
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