Discriminating between Failures and Graduates in a Computer-Managed Course using Measures of Cognitive Styles, Abilities, and Aptitudes
Interim pret. May 1977-Apr 1978
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Measures of cognitive styles, abilities, and aptitudes were obtained for a sample of BEE School graduates and failures, and used to perform discriminant analyses to determine which linear combination of measures could optimally differentiate the two groups. Classification functions obtained for derived discriminat functions were applied to measures of cognitive characteristics obtained for the study participants to evaluate the effectiveness of the discriminations in predicting group membership i.e., BEE graduates or failures. Results showed that the two groups differ significantly in certain cognitive characteristics, and that the classification functions were valid predictors of BEE success or failure.
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