Relationships between Communication Variables and Scores in Team Training Exercises.
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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As investigation was made of the practicality of assessing anti-submarine warfare ASW team performance by means of measures of the volume of communications. A system for classifying communications was developed based on an analysis of published data on communication rates e.g., number of evaluative messages sent per minute of ASW helicopter crews. Next, communication rates were recorded for ships teams during two exercises in the 14A2 ASW team trainer. Communication rates were computed for various types of messages over the ship-to-ship and ship-to-air circuits. Rates were compared against instructor grades for individuals, subteams, and teams. Communication rates on the intership circuit tended to be negatively correlated with grades, primarily because instructors gave lower grades to teams doing excessive talking. Rates on the ship to air circuit were positively correlated with performance on the later exercise where two aircraft were used rather than one and where a much greater volume of information needed to be transmitted. On the internal circuits, few significant relationships were found between communication rates and performance. Implications of the findings for development of an objective performance measurement system for team training are discussed. Author
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