Associate Evaluations: Improving Field Acceptance
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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Capitalizing upon demonstrated validity of associate evaluations in the U.S. Military Academy, Officer Candidate School, and Ranger Course, the U.S. Army initiated a research program to investigate the potential usefulness of associate nominations for evaluating leadership qualities in other Army training programs. A persistent problem in associate evaluation programs has been a lack of acceptance by school staff and students. The dimensions of the acceptance problem are not well defined both the focal points and the degree of objections are unknown. Further, if the nature of acceptability problems can be clarified, what remedial steps e.g., better education, increased rater participation, changes in procedures would improve the level of acceptance of such evaluations The objectives of this study were to 1 develop a measure of attitudes on the value of associate ratings and their acceptance for use in Army officer personnel management, 2 develop and apply an educational program on ratings to determine the effect upon their acceptance and value, 3 study how attitudes on value are related to acceptance, 4 study how attitudes on value and acceptance are related to actual ratings received, and 5 study the effects of the educational program on changes in level of acceptance and value.
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