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Police students’ learning preferences: suitable responses from the learning environment
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Police Education Unit at Umeå University.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Police Education Unit at Umeå University.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2013 (English)In: Policing: an international Journal of Police Strategies and Managment, ISSN 1363-951X, E-ISSN 1758-695X, Vol. 7, no 2, 195-203 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The literature reveals the following pattern: that police students worldwide prefer on-the-job training to theoretical, academic studies. In this study, using a Swedish version of Kolb’s Learning Style Inventory, we test the learning preferences of Swedish police students in two groups, one at the beginning and one at the end of their studies. The students score quite far along what in the inventory is labelled the pragmatic side of the transforming axis, as opposed to the reflective side. Two alternative responses to this fact are discussed. The first is for the education programme to adapt to this learning preference and use mainly hands-on learning activities that fit the students’ preferences. The other is to take the opposite route and activate the students’ less-preferred side. The article argues for both ways but emphasizes the second as a means of training students’ general learning capabilities.

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oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Vol. 7, no 2, 195-203 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60459DOI: 10.1093/police/pas009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-60459DiVA: diva2:560427
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Nordic Safety and Security
Available from: 2012-10-14 Created: 2012-10-14 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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Lauritz, Lars ErikÅström, ElisabethNyman, CarinaKlingvall, Mats

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