Evaluating Instructional Efficiency in a National Response Plan Training Course

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By Kevin Milan


In 2006 the Golden Fire Department (GFD) training division was tasked with efficiently training first responders in the National Response Plan (NRP). The problem was the efficiency of a two-hour Electronic Student Response Technology (ESRT) course had not been compared to the recommended four-hour Direct Instruction (DI) course for teaching the NRP. The purpose of this investigation was to compare instructional efficiency through evaluative research. A level of significance of 0.05 was selected to test three null hypotheses. The assessment tool was a standardized NRP examination. All Golden firefighters (N=64) were randomly assigned to control and treatment groups, instructed, assessed, and data was analyzed. Statistically significant results suggested ESRT instruction was more efficient. Further evaluative research on instructional strategies, communication of the results of this experiment to others, and elevating this study to Level III research is recommended.