Reflections on talk about natural disasters by early childhood educators and directors

Petriwskyj, Anne (2013) Reflections on talk about natural disasters by early childhood educators and directors. Australian Journal of Communication, 40(1), pp. 87-101.

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Abstract

Facilitated discussion with early childhood staff working with children and families affected by natural disasters in Queensland, Australia, raises issues regarding educational communication in emergencies. This paper reports on these discussions as ‘reflections on talk’. It examines discrepancies between the literature and staff talk, gaps in the literature, and the inaccessible style of some literature-demanded collaborative debate and information re-interpretation. Reframing of the discourse style was used to support staff de-briefing, mutual encouragement, and sharing of insights on promoting resilience in children and families. Formal investigation is required regarding effective emergency-situation talk between staff, as well as with children and families.

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ID Code: 67649
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: disasters, children, educators, talk
ISSN: 0811-6202
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Deposited On: 23 Feb 2014 22:58
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2014 05:41

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