Umeå University's logo

umu.sePublications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Police students' perceptions of professional competences: a comparative study of Catalonia and Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2017 (English)In: Police Practice & Research, ISSN 1561-4263, E-ISSN 1477-271X, Vol. 18, no 5, p. 478-491Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study is part of the European cooperation project, Recruitment, Education, and Career in the Police. The overall aim of this study is to compare how Swedish and Catalan police students perceive different competence dimensions in relation to their future profession, and how the perceptions of these competence dimensions change from the beginning to the end of the training program. The empirical data is based on identical questionnaires that were distributed to police students in Sweden and Catalonia. The results show different patterns in how Catalan and Swedish police students perceive the importance of the different competences at the beginning and at the end of their basic training programs. The implications of this study show that more knowledge is needed about the next step; that is, how the police students use these competencies in their professional work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2017. Vol. 18, no 5, p. 478-491
Keywords [en]
Police students, police education and training, comparative study, professional competences, Catalonia and Sweden
National Category
Pedagogical Work Didactics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-137991DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2017.1288121ISI: 000405223300005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85011829484OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-137991DiVA, id: diva2:1128948
Available from: 2017-07-31 Created: 2017-07-31 Last updated: 2023-03-23Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. från polisutbildning till polispraktik: polisstudenters och polisers värderingar av yrkesrelaterade kompetenser
Open this publication in new window or tab >>från polisutbildning till polispraktik: polisstudenters och polisers värderingar av yrkesrelaterade kompetenser
2020 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
from police education to police practice : police students’, and policeofficers’ perceptions of professional competences
Abstract [en]

The aim of this dissertation is to build knowledge about the transition from an educational to an occupational context. More specifically, the dissertation focuses on the transition from police education to police practice by studying the way police students and police officers perceive the importance of a number of professional competences related to their future occupations. The aim is also to study whether the importance of these competences has changed between the time of their police education and their work as police officers and to what extent the respondents perceive that police education contributed to the development of these competences.

Methodologically, this dissertation is in some parts based on cross-sectional data. In other parts, it is based on longitudinal data and uses a combination of both quantitative and qualitative data. The quantitative data are based on questionnaires given to police students at the beginning and end of their police education and to police officers after a few years of police practice. The questionnaire used in sub studies B, C and D is part of the European cooperation project called Recruitment, Education, and Career in the Police (RECPOL). The qualitative data are based on interviews. Theoretically, a frame factor perspective is used to analyse and understand the dissertation’s empirical data.

The results show a change in the way the respondents perceive the importance of the studied competences over time. The police students generally valued theprofessional competences higher at the beginning of their education and significantly lower at the end of their education. As police officers, however, they valued the importance of these competences almost as high as they did at the beginning of their education. The results show small differences between how male and female police students and police officers valued these competences. When the respondents reflected on the reasons why the significance of the competences changed over time, different themes emerged. The results also show that police education’s contribution to the development of these competences is clearly lower than the extent to which they are perceived as important for work as police officers. In the interviews, reflections on the reasons for this indicated a discrepancy between the educational and occupational contexts.

One conclusion is that police students at the end of their education need to better understand that they have not fully learnt everything they need to know and that they are becoming police officers with the capacity to continue developing professionally and contributing to the police as a learning organization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2020. p. 53
Series
Akademiska avhandlingar vid Pedagogiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, ISSN 0281-6768 ; 126
Keywords
Police students, police officers, professional competences, framefactor perspective, gender, educational and occupational context
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-167442 (URN)978-91-7855-184-2 (ISBN)978-91-7855-185-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2020-02-14, NBVH 1031, Norra Beteendevetarhuset, Umeå, 10:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Note

Delstudie A har titeln "Från student till yrkesverksam polis - mental träning i polisutbildningen och polisyrket: Polisstudenters och yrkesverksamma polisers upplevda kompetens i mental träning".

Available from: 2020-01-24 Created: 2020-01-21 Last updated: 2020-01-21Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Other links

Publisher's full textScopus

Authority records

Bäck, ThomasPadyab, Mojgan

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Bäck, ThomasPadyab, Mojgan
By organisation
Department of EducationDepartment of Social Work
In the same journal
Police Practice & Research
Pedagogical WorkDidactics

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 607 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf