Accession Number:

ADA499530

Title:

Mental Models for Effective Training: Comparing Expert and Novice Maintainers' Mental Models

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jul 2008-Jan 2009

Corporate Author:

RESEARCH TRIANGLE INST (RTI) RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK NC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

41.0

Abstract:

For a well-defined domain of knowledge, the process of learning can be characterized as a students construction of a mental model of the domains elements and their inter-relationships. It follows that a students mental model can be compared against a desired mental model such as an experts before, during, and at the conclusion of instruction. Differences between mental models could be useful for student diagnosis and assessment and for curriculum modification. In this investigation mental models of test, measurement, and diagnostic equipment TMDE usage for novice, intermediate, and expert U.S. Army ordnance electronics maintenance personnel were characterized and compared. Comparisons revealed differences between non-experts and experts, and also differences among experts.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE