Engaging teachers, interpreters and emergency management educators in disaster preparedness and EarthScope science through joint professional development workshops Abstract

abstract

  • A new project called the Cascadia EarthScope, Earthquake, and Tsunami Education Program (CEETEP), is helping to mitigate the effects of these potential disasters through collaboration building and professional development for K-12 teachers, park and museum interpreters, and emergency management outreach educators in communities along the Oregon and Washington coast. Tens of thousands of Oregon and Washington residents live within severe earthquake-shaking and tsunami-inundation zones, and millions of tourists visit state and federal parks in these same areas each year. Teachers in the K-12 school systems convey some basics about geological hazards to their students, and park rangers and museum educators likewise sometimes engage visitors at their sites. Emergency management educators make regular presentations to local residents about disaster preparedness. CEETEP is strengthening these efforts by providing community-based workshops that bring together all of these professionals to review the basic science of earthquakes and tsunamis, learn about EarthScope and other research efforts that monitor the dynamic Earth in the region, and develop ways to collectively engage students and the general public on the mitigation of coastal geologic hazards. The first two of six planned workshops were held in August and October of 2013 in northern coastal Oregon. Results show that participant content knowledge improved from 50% to 86% over the course of the workshop. Similarly confidence in teaching about workshop topics increased from an average of 2.8 to 5.2 on a 6-point scale. Participant optimism about the efficacy and tractability of community-level planning also increased from 5.7 to 7.4 on a 9-point scale. Eighty-six percent of participants moderately to strongly agreed that the model of combined professional development for different types of educators was beneficial. Additional data on actions taken by workshop participants will be available after the March 8, 2014 CEETEP Share-a-thon.

authors

  • Pratt-Sitaula, Beth
  • Lillie, Robert
  • Butler, Robert
  • Hunter, Nancee
  • Magura, Bonnie
  • Groom, Roger
  • Hedeen, Chris
  • Johnson, Jenda
  • Ault, Charles
  • Olds, Shelley
  • Coe, Michael

publication date

  • 2014

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