Abstract 8- Volume 5, Number 1, Spring 2010

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 5, Number 1, Spring 2010



Hazard Education in 4th to 7th Grade Social Studies Courses in Turkey

Adem Öcal
Aksaray University, Turkey


Turkey is located in one of the most significant active seismic regions in the world. The country also is subject to many other natural and manmade disasters. In 2004, the Turkish Primary Education curriculum was revised radically with hazard education being included in social studies programs. The aim of the hazard education program is to reduce the disastrous effects of disasters, develop greater hazard awareness and increase students’ knowledge of how to protect themselves when a hazard occurs. This study focuses on the aims, design and delivery of the hazard education component to fourth to seventh grade students in social studies courses in Turkey.

Key words: earthquake education, elementary education, disaster, hazard education, social studies, Turkey

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