COMPARISON OF PERFORMANCE ON ANALOGOUS SIMULATED AND ACTUAL TROUBLESHOOTING TASKS
NAVAL PERSONNEL RESEARCH ACTIVITY SAN DIEGO CA
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The investigation compared the performance of a group of subjects assessed on a simulated troubleshooting task and on the identical actual troubleshooting task using real equipment. Subjects were 14 students in an experimental training program for Electronics Technicians. Analysis of results revealed that the simulated performance measure did not provide a valid estimate of performance proficiency on the actual task. Obtained negative inter-test correlations indicate that simulated test results would actually be misleading in terms of estimating actual performance scores. In addition to performance score discrepancies, there were observable differences in specific performance procedures and overall troubleshooting strategy attributable to the differences in test mode. The evidence strongly suggests caution in assuming that a simulated performance measure, even with considerable face validity, will provide a valid estimate of actual performance on a common task.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations