ERIC Number: ED247463
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
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Maintenance Simulator Fidelity in Electromechanical Troubleshooting Training.
Allen, John A.; Hays, Robert T.
A study focused on answering questions about fidelity levels of maintenance training simulators in a relatively simple electromechanical troubleshooting task. Two aspects of simulator fidelity were manipulated: physical fidelity and functional fidelity. The paid participants in the study were 100 male and female college undergraduates at George Mason University. In the training phase, subjects were trained in 1 of 10 training conditions and asked to troubleshoot and solve problems on a simulator. The training conditions consisted of all combinations of three levels--high, medium, and low--of physical and functional fidelity and a no-training condition for a control group. Subjects were then asked to solve problems on the actual equipment to assess learning transfer. Time-to-solution, number of tests to solution, and number of solution attempts were used to assess transfer. Results indicated increased feedback during training was generally associated with higher levels of performance during transfer. Time-to-solution was found to be most sensitive to fidelity manipulations. Trainees appeared to adopt one of three strategies during transfer: logical, sequential, or haphazard. Persons high in general analytic ability took longer to reach a correct solution but made fewer tests and solution attempts. (Thirteen tables are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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