Evidence-Based Development of an Undergraduate Disaster Volunteerism Course for English Learners


Disaster management is a field of increasing importance as global climate change increasingly impacts our world. Students can, and often do, play important roles in disaster response. Following the 2011 Eastern Japan Great Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear plant disasters many students became involved in a variety of disaster response activities. These activities benefited the disaster response while also having a lasting impact on those students. By developing a course in disaster volunteerism, the students can be better prepared to contribute to disaster response and recovery.This presentation addresses the use of research in developing the curriculum and content of the course. It is important to begin with the evidence. Understanding the roles that are necessary during disaster response and recovery is essential. Finding specific research on these roles, their impact on the response or recovery, and the impact on the volunteer is fundamental. The experience of a fundraiser is different from that of a medical first-responder, interpreter, or researcher. All of these roles are necessary, and it is important to do one’s best to incorporate a variety of stories for students to have a choice. It then follows through and explains decisions made during the syllabus development process. This must begin with the goals of the class, and then how those goals are incorporated into the syllabus. Finally, the presentation will explain implementation of this syllabus starting with needs assessment.

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Sean Gay, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

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Conference: IICEHawaii2018
Stream: Curriculum Design & Development

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