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Nurmalahayati Nurdin

Nurmalahayati Nurdin



"Introducing hazards through chemistry in the classroom"




PhD project title:

Integrating the Disaster Risk Reduction Concept into Chemistry Curriculum, A Case Study in the Senior Secondary High School in Banda Aceh, Indonesia




Project description:

Indonesia is known as a hot spot disaster country that lay on the top of the ring of fire, an area of the Pacific Ocean where several tectonic plates meet. It has caused many catastrophic events and placed Indonesia to be considered as one of the most vulnerable countries in the world.

The tsunami that happened on December 26th, 2004 in Aceh Province was considered the biggest natural disaster tn the world and it has impacted to about 40,000 students and 2,500 teachers lost their lives. In addition to this, other disasters namely floods, forest fires and droughts are becoming more frequent in the recent years, which are cause massive fatalities. This situation has occurred as the lack of awareness of the disaster risk reduction within the Aceh community.

By learning about chemicals and the process in the nature, students can gain more understanding about hazards around them. Chemistry can be a tool to address the disaster issues in the classroom and raise students’ attention in identifying hazards and preventing other catastrophes in the future by changing their attitudes toward their environment. Hence, this research aims to investigate how disaster risk reduction concept could be brought into the secondary high school using the chemistry curriculum based on the National Standard Curriculum.


Contact Details:
Email:  nurmalahayati.nurdin.13@ucl.ac.uk