Comparison of Three Modes of Instruction for the Operation of a Complex Oscilloscope

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Report Number: AMRL TR 66-195
Author(s): Folley, John D., Woods, Robert H., Foley, John P.
Corporate Author(s): Applied Science Associates; Behavioral Sciences Laboratory
Laboratory: Behavioral Sciences Laboratory
Date of Publication: 1967-03
Pages: 70
Contract: AF 33(615)-1414
DoD Project: 1710
DoD Task: 171007
Identifier: AD0654004

A field experiment was conducted to compare the effectiveness of three modes of instruction in the use of the AF 1807 oscilloscope (Tektronix 545A). Skilled electronic technicians of the U. S. Air Force Security Service served as subjects. One group was trained with an audio-visual instructional program, and a second group with a book form of the same program. The program combined verbal instruction and responses with practice on an oscilloscope. A third group was trained in the manner normally used at the school where the study was conducted. Analysis of variance on test scores indicated superiority of both forms of the program over the conventional instructions with no difference in effectiveness between programs. Electronic aptitude, as measured by the Airman Qualifying Examination, correlated significantly with test scores for the conventionally trained group and for all subjects together.

Provenance: RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine

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