Collectively, these publications paint a picture of today’s most relevant decision training strategies. Our mission is to create a more cognitively agile force through proven training and evaluation practices, specifically in the realm of Small Unit Decision Making. Join us at I/ITSEC 2013 in Orlando from December 2nd to 5th, 2013.
1. Development of a Cognitive Competency Model Using a Hybrid Methodology
Iris Rivera and Bill Ross explore the use of hybrid methodology to address the shortcomings of competency models. While competency models can provide a framework to guide the development of training interventions, they sometimes lack concrete behavioral or cognitive indicators. By combining the strengths of Cognitive Task Analysis, Traditional Job Analysis, and competency modeling methodology, CPG is able to develop performance models with enough detail to design effective training interventions. Be sure to attend the presentation of this paper to earn Continuing Education Credits.
2. Squad Leader Mastery: A Model Underlying Cognitive Readiness Interventions
Using a five-stage model of cognitive skill acquisition, authors Jennifer Phillips, Karol Ross, Iris Rivera, and Kenneth Knarr report on the construction and application of a squad leader mastery model. Through the TECOM Small Unit Decision Making (SUDM) initiative, this squad leader mastery model has become the foundation for Marine Corps instructional interventions across its cognitive training continuum.
3. Small Unit Decision Making Assessment Battery
In this paper, Jennifer Vogel-Walcutt, Karol Ross, and Kenneth Knarr summarize a review of assessment tools that measure the most critical cognitive and relational skills instrumental in military decision making. Fifteen constructs that support cognitive readiness were identified and paired with one of five qualifiers (scale, assessment, inventory, review, and meta-analysis) and the 100 most relevant articles. Each of the assessment instruments mentioned in these articles was then further evaluated against several criteria. Finally, the authors created a battery of scales that offer immediate, research-supported assessment options to measure training outcomes.