THE DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF TRAINING METHODS FOR GROUP IV PERSONNEL. I. ORIENTATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TRAINING METHODS DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL (TMDS).
NAVAL PERSONNEL RESEARCH ACTIVITY SAN DIEGO CALIF NAVY TRAINING RESEARCH LAB
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The investigation is part of continuing Navy research on the trainability of Group IV personnel, intended to maximize the utilization and integration of marginal personnel in the fleet. An experimental Training Methods Development School TMDS was initiated to provide an experimental training program, with research controls, for evaluation of the relative effectiveness of alternative training content and methods for Group IV personnel. The curriculum of TMDS is composed of courses in skill and knowledge areas which have been identified as the most suitable and utilizable areas of proficiency for newly assigned unrated personnel aboard ship. Trainees of the first three classes, representing the complete range of Group IV scores, were taught a variety of meaningful skills and knowledge despite limitations in verbal and mathematical abilities. Successful training of marginal personnel appears to involve minimizing reliance upon those aptitudes which are known to be limited, and capitalizing upon other important aptitudinal and experimental variables. Author
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