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ERIC Number: ED127360
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-May
Reference Count: N/A
Background and Interest Measures as Predictors of Success in Undergraduate Pilot Training. Final Report.
Guinn, Nancy; And Others
A sample of 593 pilot trainees in Officer Training School were administered the Strong Vocational Interest Blank and the Officer Biographical and Attitudinal Survey. Their performance in pilot training was monitored in order to assess the effectiveness of biographical, attitudinal, and interest data in predicting pilot training criteria. Using item analysis, four eliminee keys were developed from the survey data; regression analysis was utilized to select various models of predictors to be used as possible Pilot Selection Composites (PSC). Using the optimal cutoff score for PSC Model 1, 38 percent of the eliminees were correctly identified and only 10 percent of the graduate group incorrectly labeled as potential failures. For Model 2, 18 percent of the eliminee category was identified as high-risk for attrition along with seven percent of the successful graduates. With Model 3, 45 percent of the eliminees were labeled as potential failures along with 20 percent of the graduate group. The possibility of increasing the accuracy of prediction by using non-cognitive data and the operational usefulness of the composites are discussed. (Author/BW)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Biographical Inventories, Flight Training, Higher Education, Interest Inventories, Item Analysis, Military Training, Multiple Regression Analysis, Prediction, Predictive Measurement, Predictive Validity, Screening Tests, Success, Undergraduate Study, Vocational Interests
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Brooks AFB, TX.
Authoring Institution: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Lackland AFB, TX. Personnel Research Div.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Strong Vocational Interest Blank