How People Learn
The first set of CPR guidelines were established in 1961. CPR for the lay public was first recommended in 1973. While CPR has changed a great deal since its inception, the core skills remain the same. Collectively, we have saved countless lives. With more focused training, we can contribute to saving even more in the future.
As training has evolved, we have become more focused on how people learn. The more we understand this, the better we can teach our students and the more likely we are to reach our goal of student retention.
The goal of CPR training is to:
- Simplify courses
- Focus on participant skill acquisition
- Identify and emphasize core learning objectives
- Revise and refine written examinations and skills evaluations
- Emphasize instructor preparation and quality
Students have different learning styles, or preferences, that influence the student’s engagement and overall retention. 65% are visual learners (learn by seeing), 30% are auditory learners (learn by hearing), and 5% are kinesthetic (learn by touching or holding).
EMS Safety Services’ programs are broken down to meet all learning styles. Our instructors use the following strategies:
- Use of DVD to provide scenarios and multiple explanations of each topic (visual, auditory)
- Practice while watching (kinesthetic, visual)
- Debriefing and review (kinesthetic, auditory)
- Team dynamics (kinesthetic, auditory, visual)
We encourage you to utilize all the methods listed above. This, coupled with your teaching style and relevant examples, will combine to make a successful course that promotes retention.