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A quantitative Kirkpatrick Level 1 and 2 study of equipment specialist apprentice operations training
by Hughes, Dirk D., D.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2012, 266; 3531631
Abstract (Summary)

The primary purpose of the quantitative experimental study is to compare employee-learning outcomes for a course of study that is offered in two formats: explicit and tacit instructor led and explicit e-learning operations training. A Kirkpatrick Level 2 course examination is used to establish a pretest knowledge baseline and to measure posttest learning outcomes for each instructional format. A secondary purpose is to compare responses of the two groups using a Kirkpatrick Level 1 customer satisfaction index survey. Several authors reported the United States electric utility industry would have an employee attrition issue during the 2010 through 2015 period. This is at the same time the industry will be experiencing an increased demand for electricity. There now is a demand for highly training powerplant operators. A review of literature yielded few studies comparing instructor led training and e-based training. Though the Electric Power Research Institute stated the two training modes would be acceptable instruction, the organization did not develop a quantifiable justified recommendation as to the training. Subjects participated in a basic operations course and decided to take either the instructor led or e-based training course. Results of the study concluded that both instructor led and e-based training provided significant learning to the participants. The Kirkpatrick Level 1 results indicated significantly better results for instructor led training. There was not a significant difference in the Kirkpatrick Level 2 results between the two training modalities. Recommendation for future research include conducting a quantitative studies including a Phillips Level 5 study and qualitative studies including a more detailed examination of the customer satisfaction survey (Kirkpatrick Level 1).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Roussas, Steve
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 74/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Business education, Energy, Business and Secretarial Schools
Keywords: Apprenticeship, Craft, Equipment specialist, Kirkpatrick, Luminant, Operations training, Power plant
Publication Number: 3531631
ISBN: 978-1-267-73741-0
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