STUDIES OF FIXED PROCEDURES TRAINING: A PRELIMINARY TEST OF A SELF-INSTRUCTIONAL METHOD.
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE
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The test results indicate that the experimental booklets are useful as self-study adjuncts to the normal training texts used for teaching the lengthy procedures. The booklets are designed so that the training burden does not exceed the immediate memory capabilities of the learner. By breaking up the sequence into blocks and subblocks of instruction the student learns the seven more or less actions required in each subblock and builds these sub-blocks into larger units of the procedure, finally culminating in the learning of the complete sequence. The maximum potential of thas type of training literature is unknown since the preliminary study reported here neither a controlled the amount of time the learners used these supplementary texts, nor b determined the effectiveness of these materials versus other self-study aids for trainee groups having comparable aptitudes and educational backgrounds. It is possible, for example, that these experimental booklets are more suitable for the lower aptitude groups than higher aptitude trainees. On the other hand, this type of study aid may be universally superior for all aptitude levels. Author