Accession Number : AD0751489

Title :   Development of Alternative Continuing Educational Systems for Preventing the Technological Obsolescence of Air Force Scientists and Engineers. Volume I. Basic Study.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 16 Feb 71-15 Feb 72,

Corporate Author : BOEING CO SEATTLE WASH

Personal Author(s) : Slebodnick,Edward B. ; Anderson,Charles D. ; Fagan,Patrick ; Lisez,Louis

Report Date : MAY 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 309

Abstract : Volume I of the study reports a work effort to define and give guidelines for the acquisition of cost-effective alternative continuing education (C.E.) systems to prevent the technological obsolescence of Air Force military scientific and engineering officer personnel. A detailed background survey of the problem was conducted using questionnaires, personal interviews, and literature searches. Various requirements for the updating of technological knowledge and skills were defined. Current C.E. programs within universities, industry, and government agencies, both civilian and military, are reviewed and compared. Literature on the characteristics, causes, and results of technological obsolescence are reviewed and guidelines for the development of an obsolescence scale are presented. An evaluation of candidate methods of C. E. is presented. An 'ideal future system' of individualized automated C. E., using student-computer interactive consoles, is developed. Three alternative systems, presently deployable, are developed and described. Motivational subsystems to promote the effectiveness of both the alternative systems and the current Air Force C. E. system are developed. The data and specifications for the acquisition and test of each of the alternative systems are presented. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*AIR FORCE PERSONNEL, *EDUCATION), (*ENGINEERS, AIR FORCE TRAINING), (*SCIENTISTS, AIR FORCE TRAINING), (*OFFICER PERSONNEL, EDUCATION), COST EFFECTIVENESS, MOTIVATION

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE