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Teaching emergency and disaster management in Australia: Standards for higher education providers


FitzGerald, G and Rego, J and Ingham, V and Brooks, B and Cottrell, A and Manock, I and Surjan, A and Mayner, L and Webb, C and Maguire, B and Crawley, H and Mooney, J and Toloo, S and Archer, F, Teaching emergency and disaster management in Australia: Standards for higher education providers, The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Monograph No. 1 pp. 1-14. ISSN 1324-1540 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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The need for emergency and disaster professionals with multidisciplinary knowledge and holistic understanding is widely recognised. Despite this, there is currently no international nor an Australian consensus on a set of common standards for higher education that could ensure graduates possess knowledge and skills with suffcient commonality to facilitate interoperability in all facets of disaster management cycle. Thus, this research project aimed to develop a standards and an associated conceptual framework for higher education programs in emergency and disaster management.

The Generic Emergency and Disaster Management Standards (GEDMS) were developed through a mixed qualitative research approach involving a systematic literature review, mapping of current course content offered in Australia and New Zealand, focus groups of experts and consultation with policy makers, industry representatives and other relevant stakeholders.

The Standards consist of three main domains: knowledge, skills and application. Governance and policy frameworks, theoretical and conceptual basis for practice, and contemporary disaster management were identified as underlying themes for the knowledge domain. Leadership, communication, and collaboration were fitted under the skills domain. The professional practice, together with critical thinking, were considered the means by which knowledge and skills are applied.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:emergency and disaster management, teaching, higher education, standards
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Technical, further and workplace education
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Other law, politics and community services
Objective Field:Other law, politics and community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Brooks, B (Associate Professor Benjamin Brooks)
ID Code:119747
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2017-08-04
Last Modified:2018-08-23
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