Readability Grade Levels of Selected Navy Technical School Curricula.
TRAINING ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION GROUP (NAVY) ORLANDO FL
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The curriculums of 11 Navy technical schools were surveyed for readability. Samples from courses with high throughput, academic attrition, and setback rates were analyzed using the computer readability editing System CRES. Results showed a moderately high correlation between readability grade level and setback rates r .49. Schools which embody high technology such as Electronics Technician A School and Advanced First Term Avionics showed both high readability and high setback rates. Mean readability grade levels ranged from 12.6 for the Electroincs Technician A School down to 8.1 for the Machinery Repairman A School. This study supports requirements set forth in OPNAV Instruction 1510.11, Enlisted Fundamental Skills Training, to help the Chief of Naval Education and Training plan for appropriate fundamental skills training interventions to upgrade basic competencies in support of military operations.
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