Blending Storytelling with Technology in the Professional Development of Police Officers

Kenneth H. Anderson (York University, Canada) and William Muirhead (University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 165
EISBN13: 9781466626331|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1930-2.ch008
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Abstract

Policing is a storytelling profession. Storytelling is a linguistic medium for the sharing of experiences, values, and culture. Organizations have a need to promote the sharing of experiences from senior to junior members. Organizations desire to ensure that proper values and culture are reinforced during this sharing process. Technology affords a tool for the sharing, and for the mediation of what is shared. This study focuses on a case where technology was used for the direct sharing of experiences. This sharing was done through the use of storytelling in the form of video presentations delivered in an e-learning course. Participants viewing these videos reported feeling a sense of engagement and immersion in the experiences of the teller. Participants reported that stories aid their retention and recall of the content of them. Other storytelling professions will benefit from using similar approaches.
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