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The Prediction of Performance in Navy Signalman Class 'A' School.
Technical rept. Feb-Jun 79,
TRAINING ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION GROUP (NAVY) ORLANDO FL
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Navy enlisted personnel enrolled in the Signalman course were trained in sending and receiving Morse code using innovative training materials Mnemonics and guided practice. Two aptitude groups High and Average were compared on code learning and performance factors. The ASVAB and non-verbal tests Visual Pattern Discrimination VPD and Visual Reaction Time VRT were used to predict performance. Mnemonics and guided practice proved superior to traditional training materials for learning Morse code. The type of training materials had no significant effect on ability to send and receive messages. The ASVAB tests used to select signalmen for training were good predictors for High aptitude individuals while the VPD proved the best predictor for the lowest quartile as measured by word knowledge WK and arithmetical reasoning AR ASVAB subtests. Course attrition was discussed and a training model proposed for Navy Signalman training. Author
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