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Research Journal of Forestry
  Year: 2009 | Volume: 3 | Issue: 3 | Page No.: 94-100
DOI: 10.3923/rjf.2009.94.100
Effectiveness of Repeated Basic Navigational Training Sessions Designed for Novice Natural Resource Managers
Pete Bettinger

Abstract:
This study was designed to determine whether repeated distance and directional measurement tests, with feedback, would enhance the ability of novice natural resource managers to better assess distances and directions traveled in a forested environment. Navigation skills are important tools for natural resource managers. Equipped with only a compass, in many sampling and reconnaissance situations managers need to move from one place to the next using only their distance and direction estimation skills. Training in these skills, for most college-level students, occurs during their introductory field orientation and measurements courses. Typically, students are instructed in the basic compass and pacing methods and are provided one or more training sessions to hone their skills. The number of repeated practice sessions varies and is usually limited by the time available during field laboratory sessions. From this study, repeated training sessions for compass (direction estimation) skills do not seem necessary, while repeated training sessions for pacing (distance estimation) skills may improve measurements significantly. In this study, forty-seven students were provided seven test sessions over a period of eleven weeks. Significant differences in distance measurement accuracy were noticed after the sixth test session, while no trends were obvious in the direction measurement tests. These results suggest that repeated distance measurement practice tests with feedback will enhance the ability of novice natural resource managers to better assess distances traveled in a forested environment.
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Pete Bettinger , 2009. Effectiveness of Repeated Basic Navigational Training Sessions Designed for Novice Natural Resource Managers. Research Journal of Forestry, 3: 94-100.

DOI: 10.3923/rjf.2009.94.100

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=rjf.2009.94.100

 
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