Developing education on the spatialization of flood hazards in secondary schools in Quebec

This project will, among other things, determine benchmarks for the implementation of spatialized flood hazard education in high school curricula in Quebec.

Project details
Scientific program
2020-2025 programming
Theme(s) and priority(s)
Extreme Events
Start and duration
June 2022 • 23 months
Project Status
Linked project
Support for INFO-Crue
Principal(s) investigator(s)
Chantal Déry
Université du Québec en Outaouais
Marco Barroca-Paccard
Haute école pédagogique du canton de Vaud
Audrey Groleau
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Mathieu Thibault
Université du Québec en Outaouais
Jacob Stolle
Institut national de la recherche scientifique
Alain Mailhot


Floods are one of the main causes of disasters in Quebec. Thus, it seems essential for the population to better understand the concept of risk as well as the nature of current and future risks related to flooding. While many studies focus on educating the population about floods and disaster risk prevention, young people are rarely taken into account in flood prevention plans.

A review of the scientific literature has shown that young people of school age can be better prepared for disasters if specific risk education programs are put in place. However, these require learning of a probabilistic and spatial nature and resources that correspond to the reality of the hazards in a region and that are consistent with school curricula.



  • Determine benchmarks for the implementation of spatialized education on flood hazards within the framework of secondary school programs in Quebec.

    Build learning sequences and teaching materials on different types of flood hazards for the Mauricie and Outaouais regions.

    Using a pre-test/post-test method, test the effects on students regarding their perception and knowledge of flood hazards in their neighbourhood and their intention to prepare for the risk of flooding.

This project is part of the INFO-Crue initiative set up by the MELCCFP and one of the research axes of the Réseau Inondations interSectoriel du Québec. 



The first step consists of formalizing the scientific and epistemological framework in connection with education on flood hazards and integrating the elements of Quebec secondary school programs in order to create curriculum benchmarks. The second stage is for a cross-sectoral team to use a design thinking approach to develop learning sequences relating to different flood hazards. These will then be tested in an educational context. The effect on the students and their understanding of flood hazards will be assessed by means of a questionnaire.

Expected results

  • Learning sequences and educational material adapted to the various types of flooding in Quebec

  • A statistical analysis of questionnaire data to measure students’ perception of floods before and after the implementation of learning sequences

  • One scientific article on the curriculum benchmarks and another on the results of the questionnaires

  • A presentation to ACFAS on the results of the preliminary prototyping

Benefits for adaptation

Benefits for adaptation

A project serving as a model for cross-sector development of disaster risk education in schools

Contribution to the development of student training for dealing with the increased risk of flooding in the context of climate change

A better understanding of hazards to prepare young people and communities to take action to reduce the impact of floods

A bank of resources specific to Quebec contexts intended for teachers and educators wishing to approach education on flood hazards for young people


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