NAVAL PERSONNEL AND TRAINING RESEARCH LAB SAN DIEGO CALIF
A system of incentives was developed for use in a student-paced training sequence. Student aptitude was used to predict each students rate of progress through the sequence. Students were told that if they fell too far behind their predicted rate of progress, they would be assigned to special remedial study sessions, and that if they exceeded their predicted rate of progress, they would be given preferential treatment in assignments to subsequent courses. This system was evaluated in two studies on slightly different versions of the training sequence. In the first study the incentive system led to a 17 reduction in training time in the second study it led to an 11 reduction in training time.