Accession Number : ADA297589

Title :   Perceptions of Racial and Gender Bias in Naval Aviation Flight Training.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Miller, Scot A.

PDF Url : ADA297589

Report Date : DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 124

Abstract : Naval Aviation policy makers are concernd that bias may exist in Naval Aviation flight training. This bias takes two general forms; a negative bias against minority/female flight students, and a double standard bias in which minority/female flight students are given more opportunities to succeed. This study presents an objective, quantitative analysis to determine if evidence of either kinds of bias exist in flight training. A database of several thousand student performance records are the primary source of information. An opinion survey augments the performance data by recording current student and instructor beliefs about bias in the training command. Analysis shows that the success rate of white males in flight training is 10-20 percent higher than that of female and minority students. Efforts to determine the sources of these performance differences remain inconclusive. Multiple regression analysis of pilot Primary flight grades indicates that race may be associated with poorer flight grades. There is potential evidence of a double standard. Female students receive more flight time and instructional hops in Primary pilot training than white males. The opinion survey suggests significant differences in the perceptions of bias between black and white flight students and female and male students. (AN)

Descriptors :   *FLIGHT TRAINING, *NAVAL PERSONNEL, *PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY), *NAVAL TRAINING, *RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, DATA BASES, NAVAL AVIATION, QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS, POLICIES, STUDENTS, TRAINING, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), PILOTS, MINORITIES, THESES, TIME, REGRESSION ANALYSIS, FLIGHT, SURVEYS, INFLIGHT, RECORDING SYSTEMS, MALES, RECORDS, BIAS, PERCEPTION, FEMALES, MILITARY PSYCHOLOGY.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE