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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 98-102

Knowledge and practices of school teacher regarding disaster management

Community Health, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik, India

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Joshi Sonopant Ganpatrao
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-9019.139055

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Introduction: Developing countries suffer major losses due to disasters. Reducing disaster losses is a fundamental goal for most governments. School teachers must be aware of disasters and its consequences to tackle the disasters at school. Aims: An exploratory study was conducted to assess knowledge and self-expressed practices regarding disaster management among secondary school teachers at selected schools of Pune city. Materials and Methods: A non-experimental research design was used. Five hundred and forty secondary school teachers were selected by purposive sampling technique. Survey was conducted using a structured interview questionnaire. Results: Findings revealed that mean knowledge score was 15.9 (53%) and mean practice score was 7.05 (47%). There was moderate positive correlation between knowledge score and practice score (r = 0.54). Conclusions: Study concluded that that teachers knowledge and self-expressed practices were not at satisfactory level. Capability building among teachers is utmost necessary.

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