The relationship between domain-relevant and abstract assessments of diagnostic reasoning ability

T. D. Loveday*, M. W. Wiggins, J. M. Harris

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Abstract

    Diagnostic reasoning is one of the primary functions of operators in complex technical environments. At present, the options available for assessing the aptitude for diagnostic reasoning are limited to abstract, general measures. However, such methods are perceived as unfair, irrelevant, and may not readily generalize to performance in the domain. The present study outlines a domain-sensitive approach to the assessment of diagnostic reasoning which uses stimuli drawn from the operational environment. Incorporating two tasks, feature identification and feature location, this approach was measured against abstract measures of two individual components of expert reasoning in the context of power system control. The results provide preliminary evidence to indicate that the tasks possess a level of concurrent validity. Implications for theory, research and job assessment are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 55th Annual Meeting, HFES 2011
    Place of PublicationOnline
    PublisherSAGE/Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
    Pages929-933
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)9780945289395
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event55th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, HFES 2011 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
    Duration: 19 Sep 201123 Sep 2011

    Other

    Other55th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, HFES 2011
    CountryUnited States
    CityLas Vegas, NV
    Period19/09/1123/09/11

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