Training Decisions System: Development of the Task Characteristics Subsystem
Interim rept. Sep 1979-Nov 1987
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS ASTRONAUTICS CO ST LOUIS MO
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This document summarizes the research undertaken to develop the Task Characteristics Subsystem TCS, one of four basic subsystems of the prototype Training Decisions System TDS. The TDS is a computer-assisted decision system that is being developed to aid in planning the what, where, and when of training for Air Force career ladders. The TCS addresses what tasks are required to be trained and where training settings to allocate those requirements. This two- component subsystem has first the task of constructing Task Training Modules TTMs from Occupational Survey OS data. The second component is responsible for allocating TTMs to the various training settings such as formal training, on-the-job training OJT, and others and determines levels of proficiency achieved by setting. Low-tech, medium-tech, and high-tech methodologies were field-tested for the TTM Construction component. A combination of the medium- tech and high-tech methodologies was successful in producing homogeneous clusters of tasks. When subjected to task analysis, the tasks in these clusters or TTMs revealed similar skill and knowledge requirements. As a result of this effort, new Comprehensive Occupational Data Analysis Programs CODAPs clustering programs were developed and have been implemented for operational use. Development of the TTM allocation component involved pilot-testing three measures of TTM-by-setting proficiency. Guidelines for applying the procedures developed for both components are addressed in detail.
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