Designing an Instrument to Identify Instructor Characteristics and Student Reactions in U.S. Marine Corps Vocational Training
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIV AT RALEIGH
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The purpose of the study was to examine generic instructor characteristics capable of predicting learning outcomes for application to the evaluation process of formalized trainers within U.S. Marine Corps vocational specialty courses. A survey instrument was created based on research findings from multiple training disciplines and educational settings to assess students reaction to perceived instructor quality and associated performance. The studys methodology implemented a non-experimental research design. A nonrandom purposive sample of participants selected from entry-level U.S. Marines currently undergoing vocational training was used for the study. Data analysis techniques included exploratory factor analysis. Means, standard deviation, frequencies, and percents were computed for descriptive data. Step-wise multiple regression analysis was used to examine the relationships between instructor characteristics and students perception of instructor quality and student learning, as evidenced by post-lesson test scores. By examining participant ratings of perceived instructor characteristics, the initial findings allowed for the creation of an instrument. Subsequent findings indicate that participants positively rated their instructors on effective delivery and concern for learning while concurrently rating instructors less high on negativity items. Participants also rated their instructor positively in overall instructor quality. Post-lesson test scores indicate that nearly 90 of participants mastered the lesson objectives, as taught by the rated instructor, at the outset without remediation. Data analysis revealed correlations that indicate that none of the instructor characteristics had significant relationships with, or could explain a significant amount of variance of, students perception of instructor quality or post-lesson test scores.
- Military Forces and Organizations