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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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The theory of andragogy applied to police training

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Title:The theory of andragogy applied to police training
Author(s):Michael L. Birzer, (Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, USA)
Citation:Michael L. Birzer, (2003) "The theory of andragogy applied to police training", Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Vol. 26 Iss: 1, pp.29 - 42
Keywords:Adult education, Learning styles, Police, Training, USA
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/13639510310460288 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Police-training is an important tool in the process of facilitating change within police organizations. With the further implementation of community-oriented policing strategies in US police agencies, training becomes a critical centerpiece. Traditionally, the majority of subjects in the police-training environment have been taught utilizing behavioral approaches which may not be effective when teaching an evolving police curriculum which has been implemented under the axiom of community-policing. Trainers have also relied heavily on teacher-centered approaches when teaching both neophyte and veteran police. Authorities who train police might benefit from a more student-centered instructional format. This manuscript examines incorporating the theory of andragogy into police-training and identifies particular characteristics about the learning transaction in the police-training classroom. Given the theory-to-practice gap that haunts police-training authorities, andragogy holds much promise in closing this gap.

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