Senior Project Advisor

Medler, Michael J.

Document Type

Project

Publication Date

Spring 2019

Keywords

Washington Wildfire Education, School District Curriculia

Abstract

Wildfire education is an important and often overlooked unit of a comprehensive public school education. Ecology, earth science, and disaster preparedness for events like earthquakes and house fires are examples of subjects already taught to students in schools throughout Washington; however, given the effects of climate change, wildfire education warrants much greater integration into school district curricula. To assess the general extent of wildfire education in Washington state, Washington state public school districts were contacted and asked if they provided their students with wildfire education. A majority of the school districts contacted reported that they either do not formally include wildfire education in their curriculum or, if it is discussed, it is only part of discussions about other topics. Overall, wildfire education in public schools is lacking and action should be taken to increase and standardize wildfire education in schools. Further research should be done to better understand the types of wildfire education programs available to various age groups and barriers to teaching about wildfire and wildfire safety in Washington state.

Department

Environmental Studies

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Wildfires--Study and teaching--Washington (State)

Geographic Coverage

Washington (State)

Genre/Form

student projects; term papers

Type

Text

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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