Training to Improve the Organization of Tactical Knowledge: An Evaluation of the Armor Tactical Concepts Tutor
Final rept. Dec 1987-Jun 1989
HUMRRO INTERNATIONAL INC ALEXANDRIA VA
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The U.S. Army Research Institute sponsored the development of a computer-based, interactive video training system called the Armor Tactical Concepts Tutor ARTACT. ARTACT was designed to address training problems observed in the Armor Officer Basic Course AOBC. The objectives of the experimental evaluation were to try-out ARTACT in AOBC to determine its effects on knowledge retention, organization, and processing and to assess student reactions and perceptions to the system. Sixty student volunteers from five AOBC classes were randomly assigned to either an experimental or control group. Students in the experimental group received training on ARTACT in addition to their normal training in AOBC. Students in the control group received AOBC training only. All students were tested on their knowledge of tactics both before and after training on ARTACT. At the posttest, students in the experimental group were also asked for their subjective impressions of ARTACT.
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