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Journal cover: Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management

Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management

ISSN: 1363-951X
Previously published as: Police Studies: Intnl Review of Police Development
Incorporates: American Journal of Police

Online from: 1997

Subject Area: Industry and Public Sector Management

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Improving police training from a cognitive load perspective


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Title:Improving police training from a cognitive load perspective
Author(s):Rebecca Mugford, (Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada), Shevaun Corey, (Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada), Craig Bennell, (Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada)
Citation:Rebecca Mugford, Shevaun Corey, Craig Bennell, (2013) "Improving police training from a cognitive load perspective", Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Vol. 36 Iss: 2, pp.312 - 337
Keywords:Cognitive Load Theory, Learning retention, Police training, Skills, Training, Transfer of skills
Article type:Conceptual paper
DOI:10.1108/13639511311329723 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present a theoretical framework, which describes how police training programs can be developed in order to improve learning retention and the transfer of skills to the work environment.

Design/methodology/approach – A brief review is provided that describes training strategies stemming from Cognitive Load Theory (CLT), a well-established theory of instructional design. This is followed by concrete examples of how to incorporate these strategies into police training programs.

Findings – The research reviewed in this paper consistently demonstrates that CLT-informed training improves learning when compared to conventional training approaches and enhances the transferability of skills.

Originality/value – Rarely have well-validated theories of instructional design, such as CLT, been applied specifically to police training. Thus, this paper is valuable to instructional designers because it provides an evidence-based approach to training development in the policing domain.



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