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dc.contributor.advisorSchultz, Deanna
dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Eric G.
dc.date.accessioned2020-01-27T21:46:21Z
dc.date.available2020-01-27T21:46:21Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.urihttp://digital.library.wisc.edu/1793/79658
dc.identifier.urihttp://www2.uwstout.edu/content/lib/thesis/2019/2019andersone.pdf
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this study was to examine the firearms knowledge and skill gaps that exist in law enforcement academy students. The intent was to gain insight into the most effective teaching methods and training group assignments based on student ability and previous experience. A cohort of 20 law enforcement academy students were administered a pre-training survey that determined previous experience with a firearm, particularly a handgun. Student skill level was then measured using a pre-training live fire assessment. Based on the results of these two instruments, students were rated as having minimum, moderate or extensive skill and experience. Students were then assigned to either a homogeneous group consisting of all medium performing students and a heterogeneous group consisting of lower and higher performing students. The students attended the standard law enforcement academy firearms training course. Upon completion, students were surveyed again and administered a post-training firearms assessment. The results indicated that students assigned to the homogeneous group showed the greatest gains in skill and experienced a more cohesive learning environment. These findings are important, in that instructors and administrators can benefit from the knowledge that informed and intentional student group assignments can result in a more effective learning experience.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Wisconsin--Stouten_US
dc.subjectLaw enforcementen_US
dc.subjectFirearmsen_US
dc.subjectTeachingen_US
dc.titleImpact of homogeneous and heterogeneous student groupings based on firearms skill level on performance in firearms trainingen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.levelM.S.
thesis.degree.disciplineCareer and Technical Education Program


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