Earthquake emergency education in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Solmaz Mohadjer, Rebecca Bendick, Sarah J. Halvorson, Umed Saydullaev, Orifjon Hojiboev, Christine Stickler, Zachary R. Adam

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    Abstract

    We developed a middle school earthquake science and hazards curriculum to promote earthquake awareness to students in the Central Asian country of Tajikistan. These materials include pre- and post-assessment activities, six science activities describing physical processes related to earthquakes, five activities on earthquake hazards and mitigation strategies, and a codification art/literacy project. This curriculum was implemented with 43 middle school students in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in the winter of 2008. We examine the effectiveness of each curriculum component in communicating the causes, effects, and mitigation strategies associated with earthquakes to young people, and find significant improvements in seismic and earthquake hazards literacy as a result of the program.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)86-94
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Geoscience Education
    Volume58
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 2010

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