As the climate changes: Intergenerational action-based learning in relation to flood education

Research
TitleAs the climate changes: Intergenerational action-based learning in relation to flood education
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsWilliams, S, McEwen, LJ, Quinn, N
JournalThe Journal of Environmental Education
Volume48
Issue3
Pagination154 - 171
Date Published2017/05/27/
ISBN Number0095-8964
Keywordschildren, flood education, flood preparation, flood vulnerability, household resilience, Include, intergenerational learning, LMD review, participatory method, Unsure, VRH review
AbstractIt is a concern that children represent an under-researched group in flood education and preparedness because as adults they are more likely to experience flooding as the climate changes, and because it suggests their potential today, as agents of change, is being undervalued. Using action-based, participatory methodology with seven to nine-year-old children, a creative and inclusive flood education resource was developed as a stimulus for learning. Evaluation revealed that young children can learn about flooding and preparedness, and that intergenerational learning from child to parent can also occur, with children transferring the messages learned in school to home. However, thematic analysis suggests key factors such as family relationships (empowerment of children) and the parents’ disconnection and dissociation from risk limit the success of intergenerational learning. The implications of these in relation to flood education, flood preparedness, and household resilience levels are explored.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00958964.2016.1256261