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ERIC Number: ED259187
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Pages: 36
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Assessing the Validity of Air Force Selection and Training Strategies.
Mumford, Michael D.; And Others
A study was undertaken to develop a system for predicting the impact of adjustments in aptitude requirements on outcomes (performance) in Air Force basic resident technical training. To accomplish this, a multivariate modeling approach was used. Initially, interviews were constructed within a variety of technical training programs to specify the significant student input, course content, and training outcome variables. Measures of each of these variables were then formulated on the basis of documentary materials and standard Air Force appraisal indices. Subsequently, measures of these variables were obtained in 39 occupational specialities incorporating some 5,000 trainees. The relationships observed among these variables were used to develop a hypothetical model that was validated through a formal path analysis. The resulting model produced a residual of .19 and a highly interpretable pattern of path coefficients. When cross-validated on a sample of nine additional specialties containing 1,000 individuals, this model was found to predict observed training outcomes with less than one-third of a standard deviation in error. The implications of the model for understanding the Air Force technical training processes were then laid out along with some potential applications. (Four tables are appended.) (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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