Individual Differences in Learning Rate,
AIR FORCE HUMAN RESOURCES LAB BROOKS AFB TX
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As part of the Learning Abilities Measurement Program Project LAMP we are investigating the use of direct measures of learning rate as predictors of future learning and task performance. It is proposed that direct measures of learning rate collected under controlled laboratory conditions will help us to identify recruits who may score low on conventional tests, but have the potential to catch up with or surpass current high scorers in learning some new occupational skill. Given the present Air Force policy of assigning individuals to an occupational area on the basis of the areas rated learning difficulty, direct measures of learning rate could have great utility for future selection and classification procedures. There are several unresolved issues concerning the use of measures of learning rate as predictors. In this paper we focus upon the use of learning rate as a predictor of the following learning outcomes school achievement, knowledge retention, and ease of relearning.