ERIC Number: ED261064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Applied vs Basic Research: On Maintaining Your Balance with a Foot in Each Camp.
Martin, David W.
The paper discusses a number of issues concerning the practical usefulness of cognitive psychology research, and presents a case study of pilot training methods to illustrate a model of research processes that produces outcomes which contribute to both basic and applied research goals. Research studies are described as varying in the degree to which they include reviews of the literature, present practical conclusions, select and manipulate variables based on convenience or bias, or add to the existing body of knowledge. The following research strategy is recommended: identify application set; determine common dimensions; create complex generic laboratory task to test the theoretical hypothesis; perform experiment; form theoretical conclusion; validate conclusion and task; and list applications. This strategy is illustrated in detail with a case study. The case study describes flight training of aircraft pilots, with emphasis on their attention to multiple visual stimuli. (GDC)
Descriptors: Action Research, Computer Simulation, Educational Experiments, Educational Research, Flight Training, Higher Education, Learning Strategies, Psychological Studies, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Research Utilization, Training Methods, Transfer of Training, Visual Stimuli
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presidential Address presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (Tucson, AZ, April 24-27).