Three Tiers of Conceptual Learning

Three Tiers of Conceptual LearningOverall Concepts

Conceptual training explains the theories or overall concepts behind the operation of the specific piece of avionics, explaining the why in a simple and usually graphical format. This allows greater comprehension and easier recall years after the initial training. Conceptual training implants tidbits of information that a pilot forms into a greater understanding of the overall organization. Conceptual training eases frustration and gives a pilot the knowledge to develop a new strategy when needed.

Common Tasks

The second tier of the training teaches common tasks using a building block approach. The pilot only needs to learn a few small tasks that are common throughout the operation of the unit. Additionally, the control philosophy and reasoning behind the use of those tasks is also taught. By learning tasks that are common throughout the operation of the unit, the individual tasks can be combined to form any larger procedure. Therefore, if the pilot knows the reasoning behind the individual tasks, combining those tasks together is easy. No more endless and complicated procedures to learn, and forget, just a few small tasks that are retained in memory much longer.

Guided Practice

The third tier of the training provides the pilot, with hands-on experience in the operation of the avionics unit. To combine the conceptual knowledge and common task training into specific procedures, the training provides guided practice sessions. Using on-screen interactive techniques, the pilot can manipulate the avionics controls just as in the real aircraft. All of the necessary controls and displays are placed on a single screen, thus the pilot is able to learn the interplay between multiple control and display units.