Evaluation of the Advanced Situational Awareness Training Pilot Program
Technical Report,01 Feb 2012,31 Jul 2015
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FORT BELVOIR VA FORT BELVOIR United States
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The Advanced Situational Awareness Training ASAT program was evaluated for adoption into U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence MCoE curricula in FY14. The ASAT curriculum trains students to cognitively evaluate highly complex environments and emphasizes interpretation of nonverbal behaviors as a means to increase situational awareness. ARI, working with the MCoE Directorate of Training and Doctrine, measured the effectiveness of ASAT training a Soldier reactions to the course were measured at course end b tests of declarative knowledge were developed and administered to measure Soldier learning of ASAT subject matter and c video-vignette ASAT exams were developed and administered to evaluate changes in Soldiers ability to interpret nonverbal predictors of threat after exposure to ASAT. All three measurement methods provided evidence that exposure to ASAT training increased Soldiers ability to develop situational awareness through interpretation of nonverbal behavior, although the third method proved somewhat equivocal.
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