AN ANALYSIS OF METHODS FOR MEASURING FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR PROFICIENCY THROUGH STUDENT RATINGS.
NAVAL SCHOOL OF AVIATION MEDICINE PENSACOLA FLA
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An analysis of the Diagnostic Scale for Rating Flight Instructors was undertaken. The items of this scale measure student opinion regarding their instructors. Each question was evaluated in terms of discrimination between good and poor instructors, consistency, and relevance to flight instruction. Fourteen questions, not meeting these standards, were eliminated. A scoring technique was developed for the remaining 21 questions in order to provide an objective profile of instructor proficiency. Applications of such data to Improvement of flight instruction were discussed. Also developed was an experimental questionnaire designed to expand the value of the method. Twenty-one out of thirty-five items of the Diagnostic Scale for Rating Flight Instructors are established as satisfactory for the measurement of flight instructors. Questions retained differentiate good from poor instructors, are consistent, and are relevant to the task of flight instruction. The questions may be scored objectively and recorded on a profile for used as a counselling aid in improvement of instruction. A new questionnaire based upon these items, and including experimental items, is presented, pending final evaluation. Author