Accession Number : ADA264699
Title : Contribution of Personality to the Prediction of Success in Initial Air Traffic Control Specialist Training
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF AVIATION MEDICINE
Personal Author(s) : Schroeder, David J ; Broach, Dana ; Young, Willie C
Report Date : Apr 1993
Pagination or Media Count : 32
Abstract : Reviews have consistently concluded that the validity of personality as a predictor of job performance is low. However, Barrick and Mount's (1991) meta-analysis of studies of personality and job performance demonstrated the utility of the Big Five model of personality in personnel selection and training. This study was designed to evaluate the utility of personality in predicting student success in the FAA's Air Traffic Control Specialist (ATCS) nonradar Screen Program (the Screen). The Screen follows the miniature training, testing, and evaluation paradigm, in which individuals with no prior knowledge of the occupation are taught critical aspects of the job and then assessed on a pass/fail basis for their potential to succeed as controllers. The NEO personality Inventory was administered to 723 men and 307 women at entry into the 9-week Screen. NEO-PI scale scores and cognitive aptitude measures were used to predict final composite scores (COMP) of students. Men and women air traffic students exhibited lower average scores in Neuroticism, higher average scores in Extroversion, Openness to Experience, and Conscientiousness, and no difference on Agreeableness when compared to normative samples. Correlations between the personality scales and COMP were low for both sexes, ranging from .000 with Impulsiveness, a facet of Neuroticism, to -.148 with Excitement-seeking, a facet of the Extraversion dimension. Despite the low zero-order correlations, several of the personality facets proved useful in a regression equation, explaining an additional 3% of variance in performance over that explained by cognitive aptitude measures.... Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openess, Agreeableness, Concientiousness, Personality, Air Traffic Control Specialist, Screen, Domain, Facet.
Descriptors : *JOB TRAINING , *AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS , *SPECIALISTS , CONTROL , PREDICTIONS , STUDENTS , TIME , CORRELATION , MOUNTS , EQUATIONS , APTITUDES , PERSONALITY , WOMEN , PERSONNEL SELECTION , INVENTORY , SCALE , VARIABLES , COGNITION , TRAINING , MODELS , JOBS
Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
Air Navigation and Guidance
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE