Does the Use of Simulation Significantly Impact Students' Perceptions of Their Air Traffic Control Knowledge and Skill?
Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering
Simulation has served as an instructional supplement in education and training within various fields such as nursing, business, and flight training. Prior research studies have documented its usefulness. Simulation-based lessons have also been used for air traffic control (ATC) training, but little research has been conducted on the usefulness of simulation in this application. This study measured the level of influence that ATC simulation had on students' perception of their ATC knowledge and
... ATC knowledge and skill level and their commitment to a career in ATC. Data were collected by surveying students at four institutions of higher education after they completed ATC courses that utilized simulation exercises. The survey measured the students' perceptions of their ATC knowledge and skill level, as well as their commitment to a career in ATC, before and after they took ATC simulation courses. The results indicated that the students were more committed to a career in ATC, and that students' perceived level of ATC knowledge and skill increased after they took the ATC simulation lab course. The study further revealed that moderate relationships exist between students' perceived ATC knowledge and skill level, and their commitment to a career in ATC. This study also discussed the importance of students identifying within their college career whether or not they are in the field of study and career path that is right for them, and how simulation may help students identify this early.