Accession Number:

ADA097272

Title:

Readability and the Production of Instructional Text in the Royal Navy,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ADMIRALTY MARINE TECHNOLOGY ESTABLISHMENT TEDDINGTON (ENGLAND)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1980-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

82.0

Abstract:

This report is an examination of readability and the production of instructional text in the Royal Navy. After defining readability, the history and reasons for development of the subject are outlined. The results of a survey to assess knowledge of the subject in Royal Navy training establishments are reported. The nature of reading and factors affecting compreshension are considered, and methods of assessing readability are examined in detail. It is proposed that the present methods of writing and designing instructional text in the Royal Navy could be improved. However, it is recognised that there is no single best method of writing and measuring the effectiveness of text. A compromise solution is recommended, involving the adoption of a general but systematic approach. This could be implemented by the development of a practical course and guide based on research findings for improving written communication. A review of guidelines for the production of instructional text based on empirical research is presented in Appendix F. An outline of proposed writers production checklist or job aid is presented in Appendix G. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Humanities and History
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE