Using cognitive task analysis to develop scenario-based training for house-clearing teams

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Authors
  1. Harris-Thompson, D.
  2. Wiggins, S.L.
  3. Ho, G.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Increased urbanization has created a rise in Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT), in which units find themselves operating in cities rather than on traditional, uninhabited battlefields. MOUT presents a uniquely challenging environment to soldiers and leaders. Beyond challenging basic tactical skills, these environments call on personnel to make faster, more advanced decisions based on a multitude of environmental information. It is important for personnel to develop decision-making skills required for house-clearing operations that can be applied to different environments. The aim of this project was to provide program requirements to understand and train the recognition of perceptual cues used to diagnose events and coordinate actions during house-clearing missions. A cognitive task analysis was employed to identify the critical cues house-clearing teams use to assess their environment and establish shared situational awareness. A critical cue inventory was developed, based on which recommendations were provided on how to integrate critical cues into effective training simulation.

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Keywords
Cognitive task analysis, scenario-based training, house clearing teams
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2007-118 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
31 May 2006
Number of Pages
77
DSTKIM No
CA033357
CANDIS No
532703
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Electronic Document(PDF)

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