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UNDERSTANDING THE COGNITIVE STYLE PREFERENCES OF SPECIAL OPERATORS BOTH PAST AND PRESENT

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2011
Abstract/Description:
This project was a case study design with a thematic analysis that is meant to investigate the cognitive style preferences or problem-solving preferences of special operators both past and present. A historical lens looked at key leaders on Operation Thursday, Burma (1943); Son Tay Raid, Vietnam (1970); and Desert Storm, Iraq (1990). An examination of the problem-solving styles from participants in Operation Eagle Claw, Iran (1980), including present members assigned to the USSOCOM, was conducted. The Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory (KAI) was used to determine individual problemsolving preferences on a continuum, reflecting adaption or innovation. The goal of this study was to add to the extant knowledge of the characteristics that make special operators special, and how special operators solve problems.
Title: UNDERSTANDING THE COGNITIVE STYLE PREFERENCES OF SPECIAL OPERATORS BOTH PAST AND PRESENT.
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Name(s): Poole, Kenneth Harvey, Author
Pilcher, Janet K., Committee Chair
Harris, Stephen, Committee Member
Tankersley, William B., Committee Member
University of West Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: University of West Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This project was a case study design with a thematic analysis that is meant to investigate the cognitive style preferences or problem-solving preferences of special operators both past and present. A historical lens looked at key leaders on Operation Thursday, Burma (1943); Son Tay Raid, Vietnam (1970); and Desert Storm, Iraq (1990). An examination of the problem-solving styles from participants in Operation Eagle Claw, Iran (1980), including present members assigned to the USSOCOM, was conducted. The Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory (KAI) was used to determine individual problemsolving preferences on a continuum, reflecting adaption or innovation. The goal of this study was to add to the extant knowledge of the characteristics that make special operators special, and how special operators solve problems.
Identifier: WFE0000243 (IID), uwf:60925 (fedora)
Note(s): 2011-05-01
Ed.D.
Department of Professional and Community Leadership
Doctorate
Subject(s): Cognitive Style Preferences, Adaption-Innovation Theory, Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory, KAI, Special Operations, Problem-solving style
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/uwf/fd/WFE0000243
Restrictions on Access: public
Host Institution: UWF

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