Accession Number : AD0753205

Title :   The Effect of Incentives on Student-Paced Instruction.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL PERSONNEL AND TRAINING RESEARCH LAB SAN DIEGO CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Johnson,Kirk A. ; Salop,Phyllis A. ; Harding,Larry G.

Report Date : SEP 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : A system of incentives was developed for use in a student-paced training sequence. Student aptitude was used to predict each student's 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.

Descriptors :   (*NAVAL TRAINING, EDUCATION), (*NAVAL PERSONNEL, MOTIVATION), ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS, EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN, NAVAL AVIATION, OPTIMIZATION, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN)

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE