Disaster Schemata and the School of Curriculum

Lidstone, John (1996) Disaster Schemata and the School of Curriculum. In Heathcote, R. L., Cuttler, C., & Koetz, J. (Eds.) Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction, 29 September- 2 October 1996, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia.

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Natural hazards have long been taught within school curricula around the world. In Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, the territory has been claimed by geographers. In the United States, science teachers have been to the forefront. However, analyses of the place of natural hazards in school geography curricula and approaches adopted and advocated by the hazard mitigation community suggest that there are differences in both the justifications offered for the teaching and in fundamental environmental ideologies that mitigate against effective education in hazard mitigation. Explanations of how and why people place particular interpretations on information regarding hazards and disasters may be sought in the literature of cognitive and inter-personal psychology, while explanations of how and why citizens act in the context of hazards and disasters are offered by theories of environmental education and theories of mass media communication. In this paper, schema theory is used as the basis for an argument that students are developing inappropriate disaster schemata as a result of the ways in which disasters are described in school text books commonly used in Australia. It is suggested that while recent work on environmental education may offer a way out of this impasse, it is vital that we avoid the doom and gloom of much "issues" based teaching in recent years. Furthermore, other changes in the nature of teachers' working lives may once again confound our best intentions.

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ID Code: 16762
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author.
Keywords: disaster education, curriculum, geographical education, schema theory, public education, John Lidstone
ISBN: 0-85825-662-2
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright Institution of Engineers 1996
Deposited On: 10 Dec 2008 06:49
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 05:46

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