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ERIC Number: ED526687
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 154
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-7625-0
Evaluation of Participant Needs in a Regional Center for Security Studies
Schmoker, Oliver E., III.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Nova Southeastern University
This research study was implemented within the subject headquarters of a regional center, an organization responsible for security cooperation in Europe and Eurasia. The focus of the study was the center's program of security education. This program was designed to support evolving security objectives of foreign countries in order to increase the level of desired participation. The purpose of the project was for the researcher to identify concerns or issues that might have caused a decrease in participation in the security-education program, to determine whether revisions in the objectives and curriculum for security education were needed, and to develop recommendations, as needed, for program changes. The aim of the revisions was to sustain or increase the participation of desired students contributing to security cooperation among countries in the European and Eurasian region. Five areas were identified as warranting review and analysis: participation factors, program administration, curriculum, program guidance, and service delivery. In the qualitative phase of data collection and analysis, the researcher included document review, focus groups, and individual interviews to identify concepts and themes for the development of a quantitative survey. The results of the qualitative phase enabled development of a questionnaire to measure respondents' opinions on topics within the five areas of study. The questionnaire was reviewed by subject-matter experts and piloted with a sample population comparable to the target population from several countries. The survey was disseminated to defense attaches, security-assistance officers, and political-military officers. The chief finding was that the regional center continues to be an essential venue for professional security education in international security development, including regional and international security issues. The key organizational leaders were provided with recommendations to sustain, improve, or suspend activities within the five focus areas. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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