The Development and Field Trial of a System for Evaluating the Effectiveness and Efficiency of a Training Program
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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A unique system designed to assist training managers or evaluators in increasing the effectiveness of training programs has been developed, tested, and refined. The Training Program Evaluation TPE system offers advantages over traditional approaches of assessing program effectiveness. TPE involves the direct observation of training and testing and does not rely on second-hand accounts of training given by trainers or trainees. Neither does TPE require the construction and administration of specially designed tests to evaluate soldier performance, but utilizes instead the tests routinely given after each block of instruction. During its development, TPE has undergone frequent field testing to determine its utility to the Army. The major test of TPE came during the M1 tank OT-III, where TPE was used to evaluate the effectiveness of the M1 transition training program and to suggest program improvements. The utility of TPE was clearly demonstrated during the M1 OT-III, where several agencies used TPE to gather training effectiveness information that was used to improve the training program. This report describes the development of TPE and its field trial during the M1 tank OT-III.
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