Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1992

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Paul M. Muchinsky

Second Advisor

Michael W. O'Boyle

Abstract

This experiment evaluated two instructional methods for training photocopier operators--behavior modeling and text (instruction manual). A trial and error group served as a control. The behavior modeling conditions utilized two mediums for the demonstration component--in-person and videotape. All participants were trained on four basic photocopying tasks. Performance was tested one week after the initial training session using the four training tasks plus a transfer task, the later combining two of the training tasks. The in-person demonstration behavior modeling condition yielded significantly less time for completion of the five tasks when compared with text and trial and error. Surprisingly, participants in the videotape behavior modeling condition recorded the longest times for task completion and were not significantly different from the text and trial and error conditions. Photocopier self-efficacy assessed at three times--before training, immediately after training, and immediately after the performance test--increased approximately 36% across all conditions.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-9537

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Carolyn Kay Howard

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI9311496

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

210 pages

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