ERIC Number: EJ1057853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
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Disaster Education in Australian Schools
Boon, Helen J.; Pagliano, Paul J.
Australian Journal of Environmental Education, v30 n2 p187-197 Dec 2014
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.
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Emergency Programs, Foreign Countries, Planning, Program Effectiveness, Literature Reviews, Program Evaluation, Knowledge Level, Crisis Management, Safety Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia