detection and alarm, and suppression (A sample of the lesson plan on fire safety for
resident advisors is contained in Appendix E).
Assumptions and Limitations
Assumptions. It was assumed only knowledgeable individuals experienced in the
subjects of fires in college dormitories, fire prevention, and fire protection systems were
the authors of the written materials that were used in this research. It was also assumed
these authors were honest and unbiased in their research and opinions.
An assumption was also made regarding the respondents of the survey instrument
and personal interviews. Namely, that all questions were answered honestly by persons
with sufficient knowledge about the subject areas and that their responses concerning the
attitudes of students and conditions within the residence halls were unbiased and based
on personal experiences and knowledge.
A limited number of references were reviewed during this
research. Only references from the National Training Center’s learning resource center,
Fresno City College, the Fresno Fire Department, and the author’s personal library were
used. Hence, the references sought were not necessarily representative of all experts of
the areas covered in this research.
The responses to the survey instrument were limited to the opinions of resident
advisors within the dormitories at CSUF. Of the 33 resident advisors available, only 26
completed the survey. It is assumed the opinions of those who responded are
representative of all resident advisors who work at CSUF. Accordingly, the individuals
surveyed did not include the general population of residents within the CSUF