ERIC Number: ED211424
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct-18
Reference Count: 0
A Natural Hazards Workbook.
This paper discusses the development of and provides examples of exercises from a student workbook for a college-level course about natural hazards. The course is offered once a year to undergraduates at Western Illinois University. Students are introduced to 10 hazards (eight meteorological plus earthquakes and volcanoes) through slides, movies, and filmstrips. Handouts regarding each provide information about the physical characteristics of the hazard, its geographical distribution in the United States, and the safety measures appropriate to reduce the rise of injury or death. The textbook used in the course is "The Environment As Hazard" by Burton, Kates, and White. To supplement course materials the student workbook was developed. Each of the 10 exercises comprising the workbook begins with a brief introduction to the hazard. A brief discussion and/or supplemental reading are recommended before each exercise is begun by the students. Data prepared by federal agencies comprise the single most important source of information for the exercises. Many tables and maps are used. A discussion of certain hazards is augmented by case studies. To illustrate how different types of materials were utilized in developing the workbook, samples of exercises are included in the paper. For example, in one exercise students analyze a map depicting the average number of tornadoes by state for the period 1953-1978. In another exercise students plot the paths of six hurricanes that have affected the United States. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Earthquakes; Floods; Hurricanes; Lightning; Natural Disasters; Tornado Protection; Volcanoes
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education (Des Moines, IA, October 18, 1980). Maps may not reproduce clearly from EDRS in microfiche or paper copy due to small print type.