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Hu, Xiaodan

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment (ETRA)


The topic for this study was police cadet perceptions of learning using video simulators. The main research question for this project was: “How are video simulators perceived by police cadets as a learning method at the police academy?” The participants for this qualitative study were 16 recently graduated police cadets from an anonymous midwestern suburban police academy. They were chosen using purposive sampling based on their relevance as recently graduated cadets. The cadets were interviewed and the results in the study show the perceptions towards the use of simulators as a learning strategy were generally positive and the cadets thought the experience was meaningful and allowed for critical thought under stressful situations. They related that their use of force discretion skills improved through learning new strategies with hands-on experience and debriefing with instructors. They also offered many ideas and on how to improve the simulators and the learning experience of using police video simulators. Recommendations were made to continue using police video simulators and increase access for cadets.


99 pages




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