ERIC Number: ED106467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Incentive Motivation Techniques Evaluation in Air Force Technical Training. Final Report for Period June 1971-April 1974.
Pritchard, Robert D.; And Others
The report describes an 18-month research project at Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois, designed to evaluate the effectiveness of inceptive motivation techniques in Air Force technical training. The first phase of the research identified incentives. The findings were used in the second phase of the research which made these incentives contingent on performance in two of the resident training courses at the base. The first system gave performance based incentives in the courses. The second utilized a system that attempted to give effort based incentives, while the third used financially based incentives. Research results indicated that while secondary performance measures such as amount of remedial instruction, frequency of probations, and frequency of course failures decreased under the incentive program, the primary performance measures of exam scores and speed of course completion did not generally show much improvement. Yet, from a cost-effectiveness viewpoint, even the relatively small (i.e., 8 percent) increase in speed of course completion was meaningful. Attitudes to the program generally improved or stayed the same. The financially based incentive system was found to be the most cost-effective for Air Force technical training. A 150-page appendix provides background information, incentive attractiveness data, questionnaires, manuals, and item statistics. (Author/MW)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Comparative Analysis, Competency Based Education, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Experiments, Educational Research, Incentives, Military Organizations, Military Personnel, Military Training, Motivation Techniques, Program Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Rewards, Statistical Data, Student Motivation, Tables (Data), Technical Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Brooks AFB, TX.
Authoring Institution: Purdue Research Foundation, Lafayette, IN.