An evaluation of learning programmes in the South African Police Service
Author(s)Van Eeden, Paulus Dirk
Contributor(s)Dichaba, M. M.
Transfer of learning
Assessment and evaluation of learning
Return on investment
South African Police Service
Station Management Learning Programme
Police training -- South Africa -- Gauteng -- Evaluation
Police administration -- Study and teaching (Continuing education) -- South Africa -- Gauteng -- Evaluation
Transfer of training -- South Africa -- Gauteng -- Evaluation
Curriculum planning -- South Africa -- Gauteng -- Evaluation
South African Police Service -- Officials and employees -- Education (Continuing education) -- Evaluation
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AbstractIn this study, the transfer of learning criteria that can be implemented before, during and after a learning programme was investigated. The transfer of learning criteria was identified, after which the Station Management Learning Programme was evaluated to see whether transfer of learning criteria was used during the facilitation of the programme. The study population for the research was comprised of facilitators and station commanders, who facilitated and attended the Station Management Learning Programme in Gauteng as part of their development as Station Commanders. The study methodology involved qualitative and quantitative approaches to data collection, with questionnaires and one-on-one interviews. Descriptive statistics were produced and literature, questionnaires and interviews were examined to establish whether transfer of learning took place. The findings of the study reflect that various learning transfer strategies exist and that these can be used to transfer learning from the classroom to the work environment. The study concludes that a significant number of transfer of learning strategies are already implemented in the South African Police Service, in the presentation of the Station Management Learning Programme.
Adult Basic Education (ABET)
M. Ed. (Adult Education)
Van Eeden, Paulus Dirk (2015) An evaluation of learning programmes in the South African Police Service, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/19177>
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