School children's access to hazard education : an investigation according to socio-economic status

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Tipler, K.; Tarrant, R.A.C.; Coomer, M.A.; Johnston, D.M. 2010 School children's access to hazard education : an investigation according to socio-economic status Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2010/35 25 p.

Abstract: The present study investigated hazard education and preparedness in relation to socio-economic status (SES) in 22 Wellington schools; SES was determined by the decile rankings of the schools comprising the study. Schools in the lower deciles of the present study generally reported lower levels of hazard education and preparedness than schools in the upper deciles. Although the sample size was small, trends were consistent with previous studies of hazard preparedness in schools where there is growing evidence that children and their families from lower SES areas are: (1) not as well prepared to cope with disasters as children and their families from higher SES areas; and that (2) children from lower SES families do not achieve the same levels of educational achievement as children from higher SES families. Thus, greater efforts and resources are required for hazard preparedness for children from lower SES families. Ensuring that schools in lower SES communities are supported in their hazard preparedness efforts can have positive repercussions for families and the wider community by enhancing their ability to respond effectively to hazard events. As well as extra support for schools in low SES areas, there is a need for a comprehensive investigation of hazard education and preparedness in schools to identify the nature of current hazard education programmes. Alongside this, there is a need for a systematic evaluation of learning outcomes to assess the efficacy of current programmes in relation to children’s preparedness levels. (auth)