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ERIC Number: EJ1081202
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3736
Debriefing to Learn from Extreme Events: The Case of Utøya
Firing, Kristian; Moen, Alexander; Skarsvåg, Kåre Inge
International Journal of Training and Development, v19 n4 p301-309 Dec 2015
The objective of this study was to discover potential ways to enhance debriefing so that more can be learned from the experience of extreme events. In order to reach this aim, we explored how personnel in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from the Norwegian Armed Forces experienced debriefing after an extreme event. That event was a terror attack on the Norwegian island of Utøya on 22 July, 2011, in which 69 people were killed and 66 were wounded. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was sent to the island to search for and disarm potential bombs. We explored how personnel in the team experienced their debriefing after this event. Reports of interviewees' experiences identified two relevant dimensions: content (technical and personal) and form (formal and informal), leading to the development of four categories. The main learning points were that although personnel experienced room to share technical issues during debriefing and hence learn from the situation, there were fewer opportunities to share personal issues, and this seemed to limit the debriefing as a learning process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway
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