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ERIC Number: ED170346
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 101
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Research on Methods of Synthetic Performance Testing. Final Report.
Osborn, William C.; Ford, J. Patrick
A synthetic performance test is a job performance test that has been degraded to some degree in the range of tasks covered or in the fidelity of stimulus/response features. Since further development is needed before synthetic performance testing is valid and efficient, this research project focused on three objectives: to (1) identify problems hindering test efficiency; (2) develop a tentative model of synthetic testing procedures; and (3) explore portions of the model experimentally. Two sources of difficulty in developing efficient performance tests were identified: task conditions and task behavior; synthetic test methods were suggested as appropriate for certain task conditions. A model was developed for synthetic testing, in which a task was characterized in three dimensions--behavioral, skill, and affective. Type of task, task element sampling, and testing method were included as elements of the model. The model was pilot tested by knowledge testing of low-skill tasks as well as synthetic testing of skilled psychomotor tasks; both tasks involved pistol firing. Results indicated that the model is promising. (A sample test for telephone installers is appended). (Author/GDC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Army Research Inst. for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.
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