Community response in disasters: an ecological learning framework

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Preston, J., Chadderton, C., Kitagawa, K. and Edmonds, C. 2015. Community response in disasters: an ecological learning framework. International Journal of Lifelong Education. 34 (6), pp. 727-753.
AuthorsPreston, J., Chadderton, C., Kitagawa, K. and Edmonds, C.
Abstract

Natural disasters are frequently exacerbated by anthropogenic mechanisms and have social and political consequences for communities. The role of community learning in disasters is seen to be increasingly important. However, the ways in which such learning unfolds in a disaster can differ substantially from case to case. This article uses a comparative case study methodology to examine catastrophes and major disasters from five countries (Japan, New Zealand, UK, US and Germany) to consider how community learning and adaptation occurs. An ecological model of learning is considered, where community learning is of small loop (adaptive, incremental, experimental) type or large loop (paradigm changing) type. Using this model we consider that there are three types of community learning that occur in disasters (navigation, organisation, reframing). The type of community learning that actually develops in a disaster depends upon a range of social factors such as stress and trauma, civic innovation and coercion.

JournalInternational Journal of Lifelong Education
Journal citation34 (6), pp. 727-753
ISSN1464-519X
0260-1370
Year2015
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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CC BY
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02601370.2015.1116116
Publication dates
Print12 Jan 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited15 Jan 2016
FunderEconomic and Social Research Council
Economic and Social Research Council
Copyright information© 2015 The authors
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