Emergency Management in Nursery Schools: An Analysis of Experiences and Opinions of Administrators in Turkey

Tugba Konakli , Pinar Kaplan

APA 6th edition
Konakli, T., & Kaplan, P. (2019). Emergency Management in Nursery Schools: An Analysis of Experiences and Opinions of Administrators in Turkey. European Journal of Educational Research, 8(1), 73-85. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.8.1.73

Konakli T., and Kaplan P. 2019 'Emergency Management in Nursery Schools: An Analysis of Experiences and Opinions of Administrators in Turkey', European Journal of Educational Research , vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 73-85. Available from: https://dx.doi.org/10.12973/eu-jer.8.1.73

Chicago 16th edition
Konakli, Tugba and Kaplan, Pinar . "Emergency Management in Nursery Schools: An Analysis of Experiences and Opinions of Administrators in Turkey". (2019)European Journal of Educational Research 8, no. 1(2019): 73-85. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.8.1.73


The purpose of this research is to examine experiences and opinions of nursery school administrators on natural disaster and emergency management. Therefore, 11 nursery school administrators from Izmit, Kocaeli, which suffered major damage from 1999 earthquake, participated in the research. Interview data were analyzed by content analysis. The results showed that teachers and other personnel weren’t adequately trained about intervention in emergencies, exercises couldn’t be implemented realistically and the parents didn’t have enough information about emergencies. Nursery Schools still suffer from physical disabilities, lack of financial support and educated staff, although they do meet the requirements outlined in official sources. The trainings given to school personnel regarding natural disaster and emergency management are rare and insufficient. Physical deficiencies of school buildings should be checked and schools should be in cooperation with relevant ministries and local authorities for financial support. Starting from the primary school level, training programs on natural disasters and emergencies need to be organized. As a result of the research, it was proposed to organize trainings, overcome the physical deficiencies and to provide schools with enough financial support.

Keywords: School principal, safety, emergency, school disaster


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