ERIC Number: ED260232
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
A Guide to Learning Curve Technology to Enhance Performance Prediction in Vocational Evaluation. Research Utilization Report.
McCray, Paul M.; Blakemore, Thomas F.
The primary purpose of this monograph is to describe how learning curves can be applied to vocational evaluation procedures to enhance the reliability and accuracy of performance prediction. Particular emphasis is placed on describing two techniques known as the "best 20 percent method" and the "Performance Analyzer and Enhancer." The latter is a computer software program designed for use with inexpensive microcomputers in both vocational evaluation and work adjustment services. Together, they represent an effective and practical approach to learning curve applications in typical vocational evaluation settings. Three other approaches to learning curve use are also described. They range in complexity from Tillman's simple notion of constantly readministering a task and plotting performance until "peak performance" is achieved, to sophisticated learning curve equations. Each of these techniques, while having significant limitations, also has much to offer current vocational evaluation practice. However, learning curve technology should be viewed as a complement to current vocational evaluation practices. It provides an additional means for better understanding client capabilities and limitations. Continued research and field testing, along with an increased emphasis among educators on providing training in learning curve technology to professional evaluation personnel, will perhaps lead to a wider use of learning curves in vocational evaluation programs as well as further refinement and improvement of many of the methods and techniques presented in this monograph. (KC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Handicapped Research (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ.-Stout, Menomonie. Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Inst.