Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Survey of Alcohol Law Instructors' and Students' Perceptions on Social Learning and Training Methods
by Altamirano, Jesus Manuel, Ed.D., Grand Canyon University, 2013, 266; 3568137
Abstract (Summary)

Alcoholic beverages in the State of Arizona are regulated by the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control (ADLLC). Education programs in the alcohol industry must align with the needs of students working in the industry and with the criteria set forth by the ADLLC. Prior research has concentrated on irresponsible alcohol consumption costing millions of dollars of expenditures in police, fire, and hospital services. This study examined the perceptions of alcohol law instructors and adult students related to alcohol law instruction in Arizona and if it effectively meets the program standards set forth by the ADLLC and to what extent standards of best practices and adult learning theory are incorporated into the curriculum for effective student learning outcomes. Results were considered in respect to Bandura's (2003) social learning theory, Szirony and Boden's (2009) WHAT model, and Kolb's experiential learning (1984). Online surveys were used to collect data from the population of two groups; 12 Arizona approved alcohol law instructors and 142 adult students ages 19 years or older, of various genders and ethnicities. Analyses of variance were used to assess the five research questions. Students and instructors generally agreed that lecture, PowerPoint, video, and student/instructor interaction was effective in transferring knowledge to adult students. The findings of this study may result in developing curriculum that assists the workforce in the alcohol industry to be self-directed, comprehend specifically why and what actions to take by instituting a curriculum containing adult learning theory for enhanced transference of knowledge, and retention of information to reduce civil liability and alcohol law violations at liquor licensed establishments.

Keywords: Alcohol law training, adult learning theory, competencies

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Olson, Jacqueline
Commitee: Ahmed, Betty, Rickey, Deborah
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: College of Doctoral Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 74/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational tests & measurements, Adult education
Keywords: Adult learning theory, Alcohol law training, Competencies, Social learning
Publication Number: 3568137
ISBN: 9781303220371
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