Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Education


Adult Education



First Advisor

Kathy Peno


This research examined how law enforcement officers who took a course in criminal investigative techniques developed their skill and transferred what was learned post-training. The data was collected using document reviews and interviews. The participants were ten law enforcement officers who expected to use their newly acquired skill after leaving a course in criminal investigations. As a result of the qualitative multiple case study data analysis, four constructs were revealed as aids to the participants in transferring what was learned in the course and further improving their skills. The constructs were supports, experience, reflection, and motivation. The constructs can serve as tools that help law enforcement agency leaders examine their existing practices and develop new ones.



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