ERIC Number: ED203201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: N/A
Effects of Training Task Repetition on Retention and Transfer of Maintenance Skill.
Hagman, Joseph D.; Katz, Milton S.
An experiment examined effects of training task repetition on retention and transfer of maintenance skill. Five groups of 15 student Fuel and Electrical Repairmen, 630 Military Occupational Specialty, performed from zero to four repetitions on testing charging system electrical output using the 500A Sun Test Stand. Each group received test stand familiarization instruction followed by one level task repetition. Retention was tested immediately and 14 days after training. Transfer to a different charging system was tested immediately after the delayed retention test. Retention improved with task repetition and deteriorated over the interest retention interval. Significant overall test improvements in task time and errors first occurred after three repetitions with no added benefits resulting from a fourth. Transfer was not affected by increased task repetition due to probable floor effects operating on the data. However, transfer was better after task repetition (1-4 repetition groups) than after familiarization alone (0 repetition group). It was concluded that task repetition during training enhances retention of maintenance skill. Three repetitions were most effective, although this number may vary depending on training conditions. Transfer was best when training involved combined test equipment instruction and task performance. (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, VA.
Authoring Institution: Army Research Inst. for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Alexandria, VA.