Evaluation of Three Burst-on-Target Trainers
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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The immediate purpose of the experiment was to compare the efficacy of three training devices for training and transfer to a BOT Burst-on-target task performed on M60A1 tanks equipped with the 3A102B laser device. the general strategy was to train a group of 20 trainees on each device and then to have those trainees perform the BOT criterion task on the operational equipment. A fourth control group simply practiced the criterion task without benefit of any prior training. The performance of the control group provided a frame of reference against which to compare the absolute levels of performance achieved by the device groups as a result of training. The devices selected for evaluation in this experiment were 1 the 17-4 BOT trainer the Green Hornet 2 a modified version of the 17-4 trainer which was fabricated specifically for this experiment by the Training Aids Department at Fort Knox and 3 the 17-B4 Conduct-of-Fire Trainer. The results of the experiment are presented along with the supporting statistical analyses. The first part of the section presents data on trainee acquisition of BOT skill prior to transfer. Data are reported regarding the average number of trials required to reach proficiency on the three devices, as well as the speed and accuracy with which skill was attained. The second portion of this section discusses the ability of students trained on the alternative devices to transfer their BOT skills to the test situation. Between-round time interval and accuracy data constituted the dependent variables of interest. Finally, a series of analyses are presented which deal with the subjective reactions of both students and instructors to the training devices.
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