Gordon Dupont

Problem Based Learning

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Gordon Dupont, CEO, System Safety Services

Gordon got started in aviation in 1961 as a missionary pilot in New Guinea.
He became involved in human factors while working for Transport Canada from March 1993 to August 1999 as a Special Programs Coordinator. In this position he was responsible for coordinating with the aviation industry in the development of programs which would serve to reduce maintenance error. In this position he assisted in the development of Human Performance in Maintenance (HPIM) workshop. The “Dirty Dozen” maintenance Safety posters were an outcome of HPIM Pt 1.

Prior to working for Transport Canada, Gordon worked for seven years as a Technical Investigator for the Canadian Transportation Safety Board. In this position he saw first-hand the tragic results of maintenance and human error.

Gordon has held the position of principal of an aviation vocational training school as well as Chief Engineer for a corporate turbine aircraft.

He has been an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and Commercial pilot in Canada, United States and Australia.

He is the past president and founding member of the Pacific Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Association.

He has worked on and held signing authority on aircraft from the Piper Cub on floats through to the Boeing 747

Gordon is often now called; “The Father of the Dirty Dozen” but feels that is one child no one would want to sire.

He has had the pleasure of providing Human Factors training to over 10,000 persons around the world, from Australia to Sweden, from China to Portugal, from Singapore to Holland, the USA, UK, Ireland, St. Martin and more.

Gordon retired from Transport Canada in 1999 and is now the CEO of System Safety Services still working to make our industry safer.


Problem Based Learning (PBL) for the Most Effective Way to Ensure That The Training is Utilized

When it comes to training you can “lead the horse to water but you can’t make him drink”.

Problem Based Learning (PBL) is simply give them the problem and let them figure out the best way to solve it. To do this the class should be placed into mixed teams with flipchart paper to write their solution(s) on. One team is then chosen to bring their ideas up and present to the class who can question and add to the solutions. You can be sure that if they are defending their solutions they are very likely to utilize them. The trainer’s job is to keep them on the right track by asking questions. If you have the time, it is the most effective way to go.

I will demonstrate how it is most effectively done.