ERIC Number: ED073237
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Task Index Variations on Training Effectiveness Criteria.
Wheaton, George R.; Mirabella, Angelo
A feasibility study was undertaken as part of a program to develop quantitative techniques for prescribing the design and use of training systems. As the second step in this program, the present study attempted to: (1) refine quantitative indices employed during the early research, (2) conduct laboratory research on the effects which task index variation have on training criteria, and (3) support the laboratory results with data gathered in the field. In one laboratory study, effects of variations in task indices on skill acquisition of a set-up task were examined, while in a companion effort, preliminary data were collected on relationships between task index variations and performance during transfer of training. In the field study quantitative task index data were related to ratio estimates provided by instructors on four training effectiveness criteria. Significant multiple correlations were obtained between task indices and speed and accuracy of performance during skill acquisition. Predictor patterns changed over time and between criteria. Set-up task speed was predicted early in training, while errors made were predicted later during acquisition. Similar but more provisional relationships were found during transfer of training. The results continue to indicate that quantitative task index data can be predictively related to training criteria. (Author/SB)
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Authoring Institution: Naval Training Equipment Center, Orlando, FL.
Note: Prepared under contract by American Institutes for Research, Silver Spring, Md.