AGARD


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AGARDAdvisory Group for Aerospace Research & Development (NATO)
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Again, with the possible exception of MTH, there are negligible loadings of other AGARD measures on Factor 3.
Factor 4 exhibits extremely high loadings on both of the AGARD tests involving tracking tasks (TRK and DUL) and is therefore identified as an ability relatively independent of those others measured.
It might be argued that a combination of exploratory and confirmatory analyses would shed more light on the nature of the AGARD tests and associated measures than would the use of exploratory analysis alone.
However, substantive interpretation of the AGARD measure remains unaltered, as the communality of these AGARD accuracy measures is generally low.
Validation of the AGARD battery has clearly demonstrated, therefore, that the tests PRO, STN, MTH, and SPA form a factor loading heavily - and almost exclusively - on speed (although MTH does produce a high loading on Gc as well).
Of all the tests that make up the AGARD battery, only GRM appears to be closely related to human ability in terms of fluid and crystallized intelligence, and this is reflected in the inherently more complex task structure on which it is based.
In this study, in which the AGARD measures were factored with the main ability factors, it becomes evident that the AGARD tests are measuring mainly a speed factor and, as such, are not truly separate tests.
As a confirmatory procedure, the AGARD measures alone were factored, and three factors emerged that accounted for 48% of variance.
Although speed may well be an important factor in the effective performance of real-life tasks or jobs (which further job analysis would confirm), Factor 1 suggests that a sizable proportion of the AGARD battery measures the same single factor, implicating redundancy and highlighting the sufficiency of a single test in place of a full battery of similar tests.
The AGARD battery is concerned with the assessment of performance in terms of differing levels of cognitive processing.
In the development of the AGARD tests, however, it appears that this bank of knowledge has been largely ignored.