ERIC Number: ED253690
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Self-Paced Training: Perceptions and Realities.
Wulfeck, Wallace H., II; And Others
Currently, there is concern about the quality of Navy training. This concern is best exemplified by the present debate over the adequacy of "self-pacing" in Navy training courses. This paper illuminates some perceptions surrounding self-pacing in Navy training, explores some realities of Navy training, and presents a recommendation about how best to proceed. The paper offers the following conclusions: (1) self-pacing is misunderstood; (2) self-pacing is not the only factor responsible for perceived declines in the quality of Navy training, and may not be involved at all; (3) Navy training courses have more serious problems than their method of delivery; (4) traditional delivery methods will not guarantee instructional quality; (5) all forms of delivery, including self-pacing, have advantages and disadvantages that involve complicated trade-offs; and (6) there are no simple solutions to the problems of Navy training. Guidance from the Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) concerning how to proceed is well founded. Any attempt to effect major changes in existing instructional systems without the controlled test and evaluation called for by CNET would be both reckless and costly. Specifically, changing a course from lock-step to self-paced or from self-paced to lock-step without sufficient evidence that the quality of the instruction will improve and/or significant cost savings will occur would be counter to CNET's guidance. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Navy Personnel Research and Development Center, San Diego, CA.