ERIC Number: ED099646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
An Examination of Some Behavioral Correlates of Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training through the Use of the Porter and Lawler Performance/Satisfaction Model.
Lohmann, David P.
The study tested the applicability of portions of the Porter and Lawler model in a cognitive training environment and examined the relationships among some behavioral variables in Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training. The variables analyzed were the Maslow need hierarchy, effort, abilities, role perceptions, performance, satisfaction and the propensity to leave the organization. The statistical procedures employed were multivariate regression analysis with binary variables using backward F tests, student tests, correlation analysis, two way analysis of variance, the Fisher r to Z transformation, and the non parametric chi-squared goodness of fit test. The findings of the research support the Porter and Lawler model at the component level, but do not support use of the Porter and Lawler model in a cognitive training environment to explain performance. The model's assumption that performance is a function of effort was not supported. Findings supported a monotonically increasing relationship between effort and performance, and a monotonically decreasing relationship between effort and the will to learn. Policy recommendations derived from the research include modifications in the instructor pilot force, removal of identified irritants in training, individualization of instruction and reward structures, programs to enhance role congruity, and revisions in entrant screening procedures. (NTIS)
Descriptors: Aircraft Pilots, Behavioral Science Research, Educational Research, Flight Training, Literature Reviews, Models, Motivation, Need Gratification, Performance Criteria, Research Methodology, Role Perception, Tables (Data)
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22151 (Order No. AD-775043; MF-$1.45, HC-$14.25)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Williams AFB, AZ. Flying Training Div.