Cognitive Pretraining of the T-37 Overhead Traffic Pattern.
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AIR FORCE HUMAN RESOURCES LAB BROOKS AFB TEX
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This study investigated the utility of a cognitive pretraining instructional package to the training of the T-37 overhead traffic pattern used in Air Force undergraduate pilot training UPT. A multi-media package was prepared following instructional systems development ISD procedures. The package included a programmed text, soundslide briefing, 8mm motion picture sequence and a 49 item multiple-choice criterion measure. Instructional material was validated using three UPT classes at Williams AFB, Arizona. An evaluation of the effectiveness of the instructional package was performed using two student sections from class 76-05 n15 each as experimental E and control C groups. Criterion test scores and inflight T-37 instructor pilot rated performance were used as dependent variables. Results showed consistent, significantly better student performance on all measures by E, particularly in early training. Overall, the instructional program significantly improved the student pilots recognition of critical cues, increased student knowledge, confidence, and coordination as rated by the instructor pilots, and resulted in an average of two less flights per subject to attain criterion performance on the task. The authors recommend implementation of the cognitive pretraining package into the UPT curriculum throughout Air Training Command ATC and that ATC apply the concept of cognitive pretraining in the development of curriculum to train other complex psychomotor tasks. The technique appears to be both efficient and cost-effective. Author
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