The impact of simulation-based learning exercises on the development of decision-making skills and professional identity in operational policing

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Abstract

simulation environment replicates reality and enables transfer of learning. The second aim of the study was to provide insight into the question:What characteristics of a simulation exercise are required to enable transfer of learning from the training environment to operational policing?Two technology-assisted simulation learning exercises conducted by the New South Wales Police Force (NSW Police Force or NSWPF), the central tenet of which is decision-making for high-risk and high-stakes situations, were selected for this study. The two exercises were the VirTra use-of-force simulation exercise in which novice student police officers at the NSW Police Force Academy participate, and the Hydra/Minerva simulation exercise for public order management in which experienced senior police participate. As a mixed-method study, data gathering involved pre- and post-simulation exercise questionnaires followed by post-simulation field-based interviews.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Charles Sturt University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Dalgarno, Barney, Principal Supervisor
  • Clarke, Deb, Co-Supervisor
Award date01 Apr 2013
Place of PublicationAustralia
Publisher
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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