Development of Behavioral Job Criteria for Marine Mammal Trainers,
INTEGRATED SCIENCES CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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The present study concentrates on the job of the marine mammal trainer. Objectives were 1 to explore and define the underlying dimensions of success in marine mammal training and 2 to develop reliable job criteria for use in test validation procedures. The study was based on the premise that marine mammal training is dimensionally complex with several attributes acting in combination to determine degree of success. The method employed involved 1 determining the specific duties and tasks of the marine mammal trainers job 2 identifying specific behavioral elements which reflect good and poor trainer performance 3 categorizing those elements into dimensions which underly job performance and 4 quantifying the quality of performance reflected by each behavioral element.
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