Fidelity and validity of simulator training

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Title Fidelity and validity of simulator training
Author Dahlstrom, N.; Dekker, Sidney; Winsen, R. van; Nyce, James M.
Journal Name Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Abstract Through a case study, this article explores a number of theoretical issues related to the often taken for granted relationship between simulator fidelity and the quality and transferability of training in complex, dynamic, safety-critical settings. A counterexample based on mid-fidelity simulation is presented and the assumed coincidence of fidelity and validity is tested, that is the study tests the equation of constructed photorealism (built to mimic reality) and effective development of the competence that operators require to manage situations that involve underspecified problems, time pressure constraints and complex group interaction. The article concludes that such competence development cannot rely only on highly context-specific (photorealistic) environments. Further, it will be argued that lower-fidelity simulation, when appropriately designed, can provide competence development with pedagogical and economic advantages.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 10
Issue Number 4
Page from 305
Page to 314
ISSN 1463-922X
Date Accessioned 2011-02-18
Language en_AU
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Aircraft Performance and Flight Control Systems
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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