Critical dimensions for the effective design and use of simulation exercises for emergency management in higher education

Cooper, Vanessa, Forino, Giuseppe, Kanjanabootra, Sittimont and von Meding, Jason (2017) Critical dimensions for the effective design and use of simulation exercises for emergency management in higher education. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 9 (4). pp. 530-549.

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Abstract

Purpose There is a need to provide more effective learning experiences for higher education (HE) students in transdisciplinary contexts such as disasters and emergency management. While much has been written on the value of simulation exercises (SEs) for emergency management practitioners, research has focussed less on their value for HE students. The purpose of this paper is to identify how a practitioner-oriented framework for the design and use of SEs in emergency management is relevant to the HE context and how this framework may need to be adapted to support effective learning by HE students. Design/methodology/approach An interpretive approach based on a qualitative content analysis of 16 semi-structured interviews with emergency management practitioners and educators is used to enable an in-depth understanding of the social phenomena to be obtained. Findings The paper highlights that a framework for the design and use of SEs for emergency management practitioners is potentially valuable in the HE context but should be applied in a nuanced way. Research limitations/implications The paper is based on a small number of interviews and future studies could usefully analyse a wider set of perspectives (e.g. students), using a variety of alternative methods (e.g. surveys), to further test and/or enrich the framework. Practical implications Insights from the paper can inform the design and use of SEs in the HE context with a view to supporting more effective learning that better prepares students to operate during disaster events when they enter the emergency management workforce. Originality/value This is the first paper that has investigated the value of a practitioner-oriented framework for the design and use of disaster SEs in the HE context. In so doing, the paper has highlighted how the dimensions of the framework apply in the HE context and has revealed other issues that need to be addressed to support effective learning by HE students.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2020 00:07
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2020 23:57
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/76961
DOI: 10.1108/JARHE-11-2016-0086

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