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Teaching for disaster mitigation in a time of terrorism : can the lessons from natural disasters be applied to the New World Order?

Lidstone, John (2005) Teaching for disaster mitigation in a time of terrorism : can the lessons from natural disasters be applied to the New World Order? Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 20(2), pp. 33-38.

Abstract

Over the past 20 years or so, we have gained a great deal of knowledge and experience in both public education as a whole, and that part of public education that can be achieved through the school curriculum. However, while there has been a considerable number of terrorist acts around the world, although fortunately none in Australia, we seem to have little to guide us on the nature of effective public education in terrorist-induced disasters. In this paper, I attempt to draw some lessons from our previous experience in "natural" disaster public education, both generally and at school level and suggest that a terrorist-initiated disaster is qualitatively different from natural and accidentally human-induced disasters. I conclude that to achieve its aim of mitigating such disasters, and to maintain credibility with the public, the disaster management community may have to broaden its approach to school education, distance itself from its political masters and itself become more politically aware.

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ID Code: 7779
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Social science education, terrorism, disaster education, social attitudes of young people, John Lidstone
ISSN: 1324-1540
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SPECIFIC FIELDS (220200) > History and Philosophy of Education (220202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics Business and Management) (130205)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Emergency Management Australia
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 17 May 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:12

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