ERIC Number: ED255735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Armor Procedural Skills: Learning and Retention. Technical Report 621.
Knerr, C. Mazie; And Others
Research investigated learning and retention of eight armor tasks selected to represent tasks varying in length, complexity, and extent of practice in operational units. Performance data were collected from soldiers in operational units and from soldiers attending One Station Unit Training (OSUT) in Armor Military Occupational Specialty (19E). Soldiers in the operational unit sample had been out of OSUT entry training for up to 72 months. Soldiers in the OSUT sample participated in a series of task learning trials for two tasks followed by a retention trial four weeks later. The operational unit soldiers took a one-time performance test on all eight tasks. Results were consistent with previous skill retention research. Multiple regression analysis was used to predict the slopes of the retention function for each task for the combined sample. The prediction equation accounted for a large proportion of the variance when number of steps in the task, daily practice rate, and measures of complexity and interference were used as predictors of skill decay rate. Results of the OSUT, unit, and combined samples supported a representation of the skill retention curve in which rapid decay occurs soon after training with little change in performance for samples tested later. (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Army Research Inst. for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Alexandria, VA.
Authoring Institution: Decisions and Designs, Inc., McLean, VA.