The effects of e-simulation interview training on teachers' use of open-ended questions.

Brubacher,SP, Powell,M, Skouteris,H and Guadagno,B 2015, The effects of e-simulation interview training on teachers' use of open-ended questions., Child Abuse & Neglect, vol. 43, pp. 95-103, doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.02.004.

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Title The effects of e-simulation interview training on teachers' use of open-ended questions.
Author(s) Brubacher,SP
Powell,MORCID iD for Powell,M
Guadagno,BORCID iD for Guadagno,B
Journal name Child Abuse & Neglect
Volume number 43
Start page 95
End page 103
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication England
Publication date 2015-05
ISSN 1873-7757
Keyword(s) Identification
Mandated reporters
Summary Teachers in many parts of the world are mandated reporters of child abuse and maltreatment but very little is known concerning how they question children in suspicious circumstances. Teachers (n=36), who had previously participated in a mock interview scenario designed to characterize their baseline use of various question-types when attempting to elicit sensitive information from children, were given online training in choosing effective questions. They engaged in simulated interviews with a virtual avatar several times in one week and then participated in a mock interview scenario. The amount and proportion of open-ended questions they used increased dramatically after training. The overall number of questions, and amount and proportions of specific and leading questions decreased. In particular, large decreases were observed in more risky yes-no and other forced-choice questions. Given that most teachers may feel the need to ask a child about an ambiguous situation at some point during their careers it is worthwhile to incorporate practice asking effective questions into their training, and the present research suggests that an e-learning format is effective. Additionally, effective questions encourage the development of narrative competence, and we discuss how teachers might include open-ended questions during regular classroom learning.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.02.004
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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