Combining Theories with Practices in Natural Disaster Training

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The article highlights the importance of combining theories with practices in South Korean natural disaster training from an international perspective. Qualitative content analysis has been used to test the hypothesis: “If training for natural disaster management is mainly oriented on theories, then it has to equally combine theories with practices to maximize training effectiveness.” In doing so, the article compared idea-based training with real-life–based training through the four types of participants: policy makers, trainers, trainees, and evaluators. The result validates the hypothesis. The prevailing theme is that South Korea and the international community must comprehensively combine and unite idea-based training with real-life–based training and experience to achieve the goal of maximum disaster preparedness and management.