Development of Theories of Collective and Cognitive Skill Retention

Élaboration de Théories de Maintien des Compétences Collectives et Cognitives


  1. Adams, B.D.
  2. Webb, R.D.G.
  3. Angel, H.A.
  4. Bryant, D.J.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
This review was conducted under the direction of DCIEM (Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine). Within the ultimate goal of fielding a validated model to be used by military personnel to schedule training of collective tasks, the purpose of this project was to review publications from the military research and development community concerning retention of collective and cognitive skills. Contributions from the general scientific literature were also considered. The report is organised around sections considering training in the military; the nature of collectives and collective tasks; development and retention of collective performance; factors affecting retention of collective performance; existing models of collective performance; and recommendations for a way ahead. A broad range of factors with the potential to affect retention of performance on collective tasks was considered. These factors were categorised as those affecting the collective task and its sub-tasks, collective structure, the collective membership, individual differences, and the type of training provided before and during the retention interval on the task of interest and others. A brief review and discussion of the general literature on team work, team mental models and organisational issues suggests that retention of performance on individual sub-tasks will be strongly related to retention of overall collective performance – particularly with respect to co-ordination. Individual sub-tas

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Skill fade;Refresher training;Skill retention
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2003-078 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
31 Mar 2003
Number of Pages
Electronic Document(PDF);CD ROM

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