COURSE ACHIEVEMENT OF STUDENTS WITH UNSATISFACTORY ACADEMIC AVERAGES IN BASIC ELECTRONICS.
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA
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The study was conducted to investigate academic achievement of students in a fire control maintenance course. Four experimental classes, involving a total of 92 trainees, for whom complete data were available, were allowed to complete the course regardless of grades and without undergoing boarding action. This experimental procedure permitted analysis of grades throughout the course for each trainee. An electronics aptitude test was given to each trainee prior to the course. The study showed that a substantial number of students, normally removed from their class as a result of deficient grades in Basic Electronics, possessed the ability to make satisfactory grades in later phases of instruction on the equipment. The principal recommendation from the research is that the technique used can be utilized by training agencies to determine, objectively and scientifically, what grades during training will be optimal for passing, boarding, and failing. Author
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