Accession Number : ADA258415
Title : Change in Self-Efficacy as a Measure of Training Effectiveness at Squadron Officer School.
Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,
Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
Personal Author(s) : Berghorn, Edward J ; Lewis, Michael
Report Date : Sep 1992
Pagination or Media Count : 312
Abstract : The purpose of this research was to determine the effect of the US air Force Squadron Officer School (SOS) training curriculum by measuring students' self-efficacy before and after training. The authors verified through the literature that an individual's personal assessment of his self-efficacy was associated with task understanding and performance. Then self-efficacy questions were generated (for each of the four SOS curriculum areas) for an individual to assess his ability to perform a behavior related to a particular SOS learning objective. Demographic questions were also developed and combined with the self- efficacy questions to form pretest (before SOS training) and post-test (after SOS training) instruments. The instruments were administered to the January- March SOS class of over 600 Air Force captains. The authors verified the reliability of the instruments. Then they analyzed the differences in the means of the self-efficacy scores for each curriculum area to identify whether self- efficacy changed after having received training, and to identify whether different groups of individuals had significantly different pre-test or post-test scores. The results showed that students rated themselves higher in self-efficacy in all four curriculum areas after training. Furthermore, many groups which had a diverse spread of self-efficacy ratings before SOS completed SOS with similar ratings. The authors concluded the SOS training experience was associated with significant positive changes in self-efficacy and SOS brought individuals to similar self-efficacy levels.
Descriptors : *AIR FORCE TRAINING , *LEARNING , TEST AND EVALUATION , ORGANIZATIONS , SCHOOLS , RELIABILITY , RATINGS , SQUADRONS , PSYCHOLOGY , BEHAVIOR , CONSTRUCTION , STUDENTS , TRAINING , AIR FORCE PERSONNEL
Subject Categories : Humanities and History
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE