Learning for safety - Improving effectiveness of scenario-based exercises

Jonas Borell, Kerstin Eriksson

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Society protects its citizens against crises and emergencies. Emergency management, and particularly
preparedness for emergency response, can be strengthened through the use of scenario-based exercises.
Since such exercises are expensive, it is of common interest to make efficient use of their results. One way
to enhance existing methods for scenario-based exercise is to improve their learning effectiveness. In this
paper we discuss how improved learning for emergency management can be achieved, based on learning
theory. When using scenario-based exercises, it is important to help learners experience adequate relevance
structures. Training situations should comprise relevant variation. Learners should be encouraged to adopt a
deep approach to learning. Holistic organisation of knowledge should be facilitated. Used in the right way,
it seems possible that scenario-based exercises can fulfil these requirements. From this we have put
together practical tips on how to improve learning from scenario-based exercises.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventInternational Workshop on Complex Network and Infrastructure Protection - Rom, Italien
Duration: 2006 Mar 282006 Mar 29


ConferenceInternational Workshop on Complex Network and Infrastructure Protection

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
  • Other Civil Engineering
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Building Technologies


  • learning
  • preparedness
  • emergency management
  • scenario exercise
  • emergency response


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