Effect of group learning for children through evacuation drills in virtual space
by Yuya Yamato; Kouki Kadoya; Koichi Hayashida; Pindo Tutuko; Dinh-Thanh Nguyen; Preap Phanhavath
International Journal of Society Systems Science (IJSSS), Vol. 14, No. 2, 2022

Abstract: According to Japanese guidelines for disaster prevention drills in elementary schools, to protect your own life, it is important for disaster drills to improve the ability to predict and avoid dangers and foster an attitude of proactive action. Children need, as a way of future disaster prevention training, to acquire the ability to act by themselves in the event of a fire and earthquake in a learning environment that is more effective than daily life. Group learning of disaster prevention drills may be considered an effective learning method. In this study, we developed a simulator for hands-on disaster prevention training and examined the effectiveness of group learning of disaster prevention on children. The results of this study indicate that group learning through a simulator in a virtual space is effective. We think they were highly motivated and able to act actively by actually operating them as a game. Furthermore, group learning encouraged an exchange of knowledge among the members. Thus, active participation can be expected in group learning. In addition, it was found that the understanding of evacuation behaviour can be deepened through this process without creating pressure.

Online publication date: Tue, 07-Mar-2023

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