Evaluation of the Knowledge of Middle School Students about Safety Measures taken to Prevent School Accidents

By Sibel Erkal and Hande Şahin.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This study evaluated the knowledge of middle school students about the safety measures taken to prevent school accidents. The study sample population consisted of 243 6th, 7th and 8th grades students attending 5 different primary schools located in Çankaya, Gölbaşı and Mamak Districts of Ankara Province, the capital city of Turkey. The study data was collected using a questionnaire developed on the basis of the “Scale of Student Knowledge on Safety Measures Taken to Prevent School Accidents” was administered to the participant students. In the scope of the study, statistical techniques such as arithmetic mean, standard deviation, Chi-square test, t test and variance analysis as well as frequency and percentage distribution were used. The study results revealed a statistically significant relationship between the annual accident frequency of a student and her/his grade and monthly household income. Among the students, the most popular safety measure taken to prevent school accidents was found to be “On time repair of school building parts that need to be repaired” and the least popular to be “Plastic cover should not be used to cover a power socket”. In addition, student knowledge of the safety measures related to school accidents differed according to previous accident experience, grade and household income.

Keywords: Middle School Students, School Accident, Safety Measures

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp.39-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 807.532KB).

Prof Sibel Erkal

Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Sıhhiye, Turkey

Dr. Sibel Erkal is a Associate Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences at Hacettepe University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of Family and Consumer Sciences, Individual and Community Health, Housing and Health. Dr. Erkal’s research interests include Hygiene in home and institutions, home accidents, housing and health, housekeeping. She has published in a variety of social science journals, including The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics, Social Behavior and Personality an International Journal, Journal of Safety Research, Sağlık ve Toplum Dergisi, Sağlık Dergisi, Hacettepe Üniversitesi Sosyolojik Araştırmalar e-dergi, Sağlık İdaresi Dergisi, Egitim ve Bilim Dergisi, Yeni Tıp Dergisi. She worked as a Visiting Associate Professor at Minnesota University (ABD), School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences on 9th August-19th December 2006.

Hande Şahin

Gazi University, Faculty of Industrial Arts Education Sciences, Gazi University, Ankara, Golbasi, Turkey

Hande Sahin is a Research Assistant of Family and Consumer Sciences Education at Gazi University Faculty of Industrial Arts Education Sciences. Her research interests include housing and ınstutional equipments, hygiene in home and institutions, home accidents, problems of disabled people.

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