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ERIC Number: ED534430
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 143
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1249-8455-1
They Are Old Enough to Carry Guns, Should We Teach Them Like Children? The Application of Adult Learning Strategies in Police Training
McCay, Donald Alan
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Purdue University
For some time scholars have been advocating the application of adult learning techniques such as andragogy to police recruit training. This study attempted to further that discussion by determining how police recruits make meaning while attending the police academy. Through observations, interviews, and reflective journaling, data were collected. These data were qualitatively analyzed using a combination of phenomenology and heuristic inquiry. Among the qualitative assertions made in this study is that police recruits construct meaning through interaction with one another and during the practical application of skills and other hands-on activities. This supports the idea that the greater application of adult learning techniques would improve police recruit training. [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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