An Evaluation of the Application of ISD to P-3 Pilot Training.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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To evaluate the Navys training under instructional systems development ISD procedures the annual, force-level, NATOPS examination scores of pilots in operational squadrons who had been trained under the recently installed ISD program at VP-31 were compared with those who had not been trained under ISD. Scores from only the open- and closed-book written examinations, which pertain to normal and emergency procedures and aircraft systems knowledge, were used since their content reflected most closely the course objectives of the nontactical pilot training provided by VP-31. Pilot rank, designation, time-in-squadron, and squadron location were used as controls. The type of training made no difference in open-book scores. For closed-book scores, ISD training resulted in a marginal but consistently negative difference when interactive with squadron location. At one location ISD-trained pilots scored significantly lower while there was no difference among pilots at another location. The findings are discussed within the context of the study and with respect to training and ISD in general. Author
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