Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Amanda Davies

 Dr Amanda Davies

Med, BA, GCUL&T, GDipAd

Profile

Amanda Davies is a lecturer who has been with CSU on a full-time basis since 2005. Her particular area of expertise is communication (police/citizen interactions). More recently Amanda has focused on the development, utilization and evaluation of simulation for developing policing knowledge and skills. In 2009 Amanda received a Vice Chancellor Award for Teaching Excellence and an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Teaching. During 2008 an 2009 Amanda presented two co-authored papers receiving awards for outstanding paper. Amanda completed her PHd 2013 and is undertaking research in the utilization of simulation in police training.

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At CSU Amanda has undertaken the following teaching and co-ordination roles:

Subjects taught:

  • PPP102: Investigation & Communication in Policing 1
  • PPP105: Investigation & Communication in Policing 2
  • PPP113: Communication in Policing
  • PPP115 Police Crime and Society
  • PPP123: Professional Ethics
  • PPP252: Ethical values and leader

Subjects  Co-ordinated:

  • PPP102: Investigation & Communication in Policing 1
  • PPP105: Investigation & Communication in Policing 2
  • PPP113: Communication in Policing
  • PPP115 Police Crime and Society
  • PPP123: Professional Ethics
  • PPP252: Ethical values and leadership

Higher Degree Supervision/Marking

  • Masters candidate supervision for the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security
  • Masters thesis marking for the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

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Research

Amanda' research interested are centred on the: (see publications listing)

  • Impact of virtual reality (re-useable learning objects) on learning outcomes
  • Impact of simulation on the transfer of skills to professional practice (Policing)
  • Evaluation of Learning and Teaching in the Associate Degree in Policing Practice Course

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Publications

Journal Articles

  • Davies, A. (2015).  Shoot Don't Shoot what are the influences? The police recruit perspective. Policing and Society An international Journal of Research and Policy. Taylor & Francis. DOI: 10.1080/10439463.2015.1077835. pp. 1-14
  • Davies, A. (2015) Incident Command Decision Making: Perception vs Reality. Australasian Policing A Journal of professional practice and research. Vol 7, Number 1.
  • Davies, A. (2015) Beyond the Tick and Flick: An Approach to Identifying the Realised Value of Simulation Exercises in Educating for the Future. International Journal of Innovation and Research in Educational Sciences. Vol2, Issue 3. pp. 116-119.
  • Davies, A. (2015) The Hidden Advantage in shoot/don't shoot simulation exercises for the police recruit training. Salus, 3, 1, 16-31.
  • Davies, A. & Kelly, A. (2014) Talking the talk: Developing a student centred approach for teaching communication skills for operational policing. Salus Journal, Vol 3, No 2, November 2014.
  • Davies, A., & Dalgarno, B. (2009) Learning fire investigation the clean way: the virtual experience, Australian Journal of Educational Technology, Vol 25, Number 1, 2009.

Doctoral Thesis

  • Davies, A. (2013) What is the impact of simulation-based learning exercises on the development of decision-making skills and professional identity in operational policing. Doctoral Thesis , Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, AUS.

Book Chapters

  • Davies, A. (2013). Using simulations in Police Education. In J. Higgs, D. Sheehan, J. Baldry Currens, W. Letts & G Jensen (Eds.) Realising Exemplary Practice-Based Education (pp.239-247). Rotterdam, ND: Sense Publishers.
  • Davies, A. (2012). A Leap of faith: Embedding e-Simulation in an Associate Degree in Policing. In C. Nygaard, N. Courtney and E. Leigh (Eds). Simulations, Games and Role Play in University Education (pp.223-239). Faringdon, UK: Libri Publishing.
  • Davies, A., & Roberts, K. (2011). Communications in Policing. In P. Birch & V. Herrington (Eds). Policing in Practice (pp.) Sydney, AUS: McMillan.

Sole Authored Books

  • Davies, A. (2010) The impact of re-useable learning objects in education. Saarbrucken, GR: Lambert Academic Publishing.
  • Davies, A. (2005). Working in Hospitality Operations. Croydon, AUS: Tertiary Press.

Co-authored Books

  • Davies, A., McLean, D., & Watson, A. (2004) Customers and Colleagues. Croydon, AUS: Tertiary Press.
  • Davies, A., Krau, F., Braham, B., Ellyard, S., & Allanson, J. (2003). Communication for Business. North Ryde, AUS: McGraw-Hill.

Conference Presentations & Conference Proceedings Papers

  • Davies, A. & Sargent, H. (2015). Reflecting and Gaining Wisdom: A self assessment rubric for optimizing simulation based learning
  • Davies, A. & Lynch, H. (2015). Spiraling up professionalism: An integrated model for higher education. 1st International Conference on Higher Education Advances, Valencia, Spain.
  • 2015 Davies, A. Beyond the walls:Evidence based research – what does it tell us about simulation based learning for operational policing? ANZ Officer Safety and Skills Conference, Sydney, March 2015.
  • 2014 Davies, A. " Simulation based learning environments", CSUed 2014  Albury, Australia.
  • 2014 Davies, A. & Lynch, H. Imagineering for police recruit education: a case study. CSUed 2014 Albury.
  • 2014 Davies, A. "The Associate Degree in Policing Practice and integrated curriculum and assessment model" Education for Practice Institute, Homebush, Sydney.
  • 2013 Davies, A., & Ferguson, D. Police recruit education in 2014 and beyond: Rethinking curriculum design and delivery in police recruit education. Presentation at Policing and Security in Practice: Then, Now and Into the Future. Sydney, AUS.
  • 2010 National Curriculum Quality Assurance Forum, Melbourne " The role of virtual reality in connecting students to their profession". Melbourne, AUS.
  • Davies, A. (2010). Lessons From The Field: Exploring The Impact Of Debriefing Simulation Exercises, Conference Proceedings SimTect 2010. Brisbane, Australia.
  • Davies, A., & Nixon, J. (2010). Making it real- from the street to the online classroom in police education: what is the impact on student learning? Paper presented at the ASCILITE Conference: Curriculum, technology and transformation for an unknown future. Sydney, AUS.
  • Davies, A., & Dalgarno, B. (2009) Learning fire investigation the clean way: the virtual experience, Australian Journal of Educational Technology, Vol 25, Number 1, 2009.
  • Davies, A. (2009). Tactile Elements: Their Role in Fire Investigation Virtual Training, Conference paper, SimTect 2009, Adelaide June, 2009.

Reports

  • Davies, A. (2015). Report on the Evaluation of the Pre-attestation phases of the Associate Degree in Policing Practice or preparing Probationary Constables for operational duty. Charles Sturt University, Goulburn.
  • Davies, A. (2015). Report on the Associate Degree in Policing Practice Pre-attestation teaching staff feedback on teaching/curriculum 201515. Charles Sturt University, Goulburn.
  • Davies, A. (2014). IPROWD Training program curriculum evaluation. Prepared for NSW Police Force, Aboriginal Programs Unit.
  • Davies, A. (2014) Report on the evaluation of the impact on tactical option decision making skills for recruit police officers through an integrated police tactical skill training delivery program. NSW Police Academy, Goulburn.
  • Davies, A., & McDonald, M. (2011) Report on the PPP126 WTTU Firearms Training Peer Support Program. NSW Police Academy, Goulburn.
  • Davies, A. (2009). Report on the NSW Police Force Minerva Public Order Simulation Operation May, 2009.

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