The Relationship of Readability and Conceptual Level to Performance on a Navy Non-Resident Career Course.
CHIEF OF NAVAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING SUPPORT PENSACOLA FLA
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The relationships of readability as measured by the Flesch and Kincaid formulas and conceptual level CL to performance on study questions contained in the Non-Resident Career Course NRCC Hull Maintenance Technician 3 and 2, NAVEDTRA 91510 were analyzed. Two samples of study questions, a nonerror sample and an error sample, were drawn from this NRCC. The results show that readability between the nonerror and the error samples, or between the textual passages associated with these samples, does not differ significantly. The results do show, however, that the conceptual level thinking required to answer the study questions is related to error rate. That is, high error rate study questions are associated with higher conceptual levels than are zero error rate study questions. Methods are presented for using high and low CL study questions to improve the training effectiveness of NRCCs.
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