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Firefighter learning at a distance: a longitudinal study
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7232-1079
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2415-1703
2017 (English)In: Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, ISSN 0266-4909, E-ISSN 1365-2729, Vol. 33, no 5, 500-512 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents a summary analysis of a 5-year study on the implementation of a technology-supported distance firefighter training programme in Sweden, focused on the firefighter students’ learning processes regarding challenges, contradictions and changes that occurred during the implementation period. With activity theory as the theoretical basis, three data collections were carried out. The analysis, based on interviews with firefighter students and instructors as well as observation logbooks and educational documents, identified two phases, an implementation phase and a dissemination phase. The implementation phase is characterized by the distance students developing a self-directed and goal-oriented learning, supported by the revised and technology-supported training design. During the dissemination phase, when many technology-inexperienced instructors become involved in the distance programme, a number of challenges and contradictions are identified, which, however, turn out to be a driving force for the students to develop alternative learning strategies. Finally, vocational distance training is discussed in terms of potential opportunities for developing vocational students’ learning processes.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2017. Vol. 33, no 5, 500-512 p.
Keyword [en]
activity theory, contradictions, digital technologies, distance learning, firefighter training.
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-136396DOI: 10.1111/jcal.12196ISI: 000409519000007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-136396DiVA: diva2:1110774
Available from: 2017-06-16 Created: 2017-06-16 Last updated: 2017-09-27Bibliographically approved

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