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Abstract: 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.

To cite this article: Lidstone, John. Disaster Schemata and the School Curriculum [online]. In: Heathcote, Ronald Leslie (Editor); Cuttler, C (Editor); Koetz, J (Editor). Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction 1996: Conference Proceedings. Barton, A.C.T.: Institution of Engineers, Australia, 1996: 77-82. National conference publication (Institution of Engineers, Australia); no. 96/10. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=548293219456958;res=IELENG> ISBN: 0858256622. [cited 07 Feb 16].

Personal Author: Lidstone, John; Source: In: Heathcote, Ronald Leslie (Editor); Cuttler, C (Editor); Koetz, J (Editor). Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction 1996: Conference Proceedings. Barton, A.C.T.: Institution of Engineers, Australia, 1996: 77-82. Document Type: Conference Paper, Research ISBN: 0858256622 Subject: Natural disasters--Planning; Environmental education--Curricula; Disasters--Press coverage; Natural disasters--Study and teaching; Natural disasters--Psychological aspects; Series: National conference publication (Institution of Engineers, Australia); no. 96/10 Affiliation: (1) Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology

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