ERIC Number: ED241793
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Specification of Training Simulator Fidelity: A Research Plan. Technical Report 558.
Baum, David R.; And Others
This report presents a research plan to guide the determination of the empirical relationship between level of maintenance training simulator fidelity and training effectiveness. Chapter I describes data collection and analysis activities undertaken to provide guidance for fidelity decision making by the training simulator development community. These include a review of the empirical literature on training simulator fidelity; site visits and interviews at selected Army, Navy, and Air Force agencies; and a fidelity research issues workshop. The chapter also discusses issues related to the definitions of fidelity and fidelity specification and examines additional factors that determine device-training effectiveness. Chapter II presents the rationale for a framework within which a specific plan of fidelity research can be developed and conducted. The framework is developed through considerations of (1) operational definitions of fidelity, (2) economic sequencing of studies, (3) theoretical and empirical aspects of maintenance tasks and required skills, and (4) desired subject population characteristics. Chapter III presents potential research paradigms for studying the relationship between training simulator fidelity and transfer of training for perceptual-motor and cognitive tasks. General design considerations for the pilot studies are discussed. Appendixes include a description and analysis of the Army's training simulator development process and workshop details. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Army Research Inst. for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Alexandria, VA.
Authoring Institution: Honeywell, Inc., Minneapolis, MN. Systems and Research Center.