Accession Number : ADA496858


Title :   Empowering Children to Lead Change: Incorporating Preparedness Curricula in the K-12 Educational System


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Gustafson, Teresa S


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a496858.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 125


Abstract : A combination of both man-made and natural disasters in recent years has revitalized the concept of civil preparedness and defense in the United States. During the State of the Union Address in 2002, President George W. Bush announced the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Citizen Corps, a component of the USA Freedom Corps initiative developed shortly after 9/11. Additionally, FEMA launched the Are You Ready? campaign to provide individuals, families, and communities with in-depth preparedness information and training, and the American Red Cross developed its own educational disaster preparedness program designed to coincide with the daily threat level. While the various programs include several common themes, including a special emphasis on disaster preparedness for children, they lack promotion, visibility, standardization, and coordination. Empowering children to lead change by teaching families and other citizens is one possible methodology to enhance visibility and inspire participation in such programs. This thesis examines the pros and cons of historical and current citizen preparedness campaigns and K-12 preparedness curricula, other countries' approaches to citizen preparedness, elements of successful preparedness programs, Homeland Security stakeholder benefits of preparedness programs for children, and potential arguments against the implementation of such programs. The author concludes the thesis with criteria for a successful K-12 civil preparedness curriculum.


Descriptors :   *CIVILIAN POPULATION , *COURSES(EDUCATION) , *HOMELAND SECURITY , *DISASTERS , *CHILDREN , *PREPARATION , *CIVIL DEFENSE , FEAR , AUSTRALIA , TERRORISM , FIRST AID , UNITED KINGDOM , FIRST WORLD WAR , SECOND WORLD WAR , HISTORY , COLD WAR , THESES , TEACHING METHODS , STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY) , CRISIS MANAGEMENT , ISRAEL , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Civil Defense


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE