Standardized Position Oriented Training System (SPOTS).
AIR FORCE HUMAN RESOURCES LAB BROOKS AFB TX
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This report summarizes the research and development of the Standardized Position Oriented Training System SPOTS. Over the last several years, Air Force supervisors have voiced strong concerns about using the Specialty Training Standard or the Job Proficiency Guide as a guide for training tasks during on-the-job training OJT. The objective of this study was to develop an automated procedure for identifying specific job tasks associated with each significant portion of an Air Force specialty, so as to recommend tasks for OJT. Although the word position in SPOTS implies an individual position, the research effort used job as an operational substitute for individual position, where a job was a statistical summary of the tasks performed by a group of individuals assigned to similar positions. This was necessitated by the fact that there are several hundred thousand individual positions in the Air Force however, many of the positions are similar enough that an average job description would be suitable for them. A single regression equation was developed that could be used across jobs in four widely different specialties to predict the priority with which the tasks should be trained in OJT for a specific job. Further, this overall equation included only two terms a the interaction between the percentage of members in the job performing the task and the tasks difficulty and b the percentage of members in the job performing the task.
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