Circling the cyclone: children's understanding of natural disasters through the arts

Haring, Ute, Sorin, Reesa, and Caltabiano, Nerina (2018) Circling the cyclone: children's understanding of natural disasters through the arts. International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, 25 (4). pp. 1-15.

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Natural disasters can occur unexpectedly with devastating effects as attested by recorded history documents. They have caused immense suffering and destruction. In recent years, natural disasters have increased due to climate change. Further, the need for public awareness of catastrophic events has also increased, along with the media push to prepare for these events. Disaster preparedness has reduced loss of life and property, and children have demonstrated that they have the capacity to be actively involved in disseminating important and useful disaster information and the ability to assist with disaster preparedness in their families. Therefore, disaster preparedness is now an established part of the school curricula. However, while the topic of natural disasters is increasingly being included in school curricula, teachers may still feel uneasy introducing students to this topic. If they have not experienced a natural disaster and are not aware of the severity of disasters, teachers may lack the necessary information to best educate and support children. Further, teachers may need to tread a fine line between transmitting facts and shocking students with the emotive results of disasters. This is further exacerbated by media reporting. Arising from a document study of children's drawings from the 2006 Cyclone Larry natural disaster in tropical north Queensland, Australia, and research into cyclones, this paper presents strategies, including a poem, for teachers to introduce natural disasters to students in the upper primary school years. It may help to facilitate understanding about natural disasters and preparedness for these occurrences.

Item ID: 59819
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2327-9133
Keywords: Aboriginal Rainbow Serpent Myths, Children, Cyclone poetry, Cyclone preparedness, Natural disasters, Qualitative research
Copyright Information: © Common Ground Research Networks, Ute Haring, Reesa Sorin, Nerina Caltabiano, Some Rights Reserved, (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2019 00:29
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390101 Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy @ 80%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology > 520403 Learning, motivation and emotion @ 20%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 50%
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