The cyclone as catalyst

Haring, Ute, and Sorin, Reesa (2016) The cyclone as catalyst. Etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics, 15 (1). pp. 89-99.

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Cyclones are endured, but often dreaded in tropical regions such as Far North Queensland. Memories, and often myth, of their destructive effects permeate written, visual and spoken text from and about this area. This paper presents findings from a qualitative research project which examined the impact of tropical north Queensland's 2006 Cyclone Larry on children's wellbeing, as expressed through their drawings and narratives, using Haring's (2012) Content, Interpretive and Developmental (CID) method for analysis. This research is presented through the three stages of a cyclone: the lead up, landfall and finally the aftermath, or lessons learned. Experiences of children during these three stages, as conveyed in the publication, Cyclone Larry. Tales of survival from the children of North Queensland (Mothers Helping Others [MHO], 2006) are examined and discussed to present a broad perspective about how children express fear, resilience and hope for the future. In this study children are seen as active participants and not victims. Art and narratives give children a voice through which to express feelings, as well as being a tool for healing and encouraging children's resilience. Findings to date suggest that children's perspectives supply significant contributions to our understandings of natural disasters such as cyclones.

Item ID: 45102
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-2940
Keywords: Far North Queensland, children and disaster, impacts of cyclones, children's drawings and narratives, CID Method, qualitative research
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Paper presented at the Tropics of the Imagination Conference, 17 Sepetember 2015, Cairns, QLD.

Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2016 23:19
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390412 Teacher and student wellbeing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect) @ 60%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 40%
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