Evaluation of the McFann, Gray & Associates' BSEP (Basic Skills Education Program) 2. Curriculum
Interim rept. Nov 1984-Feb 1985
AMERICAN INSTITUTES FOR RESEARCH WASHINGTON DC
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In 1978 Congress mandated that on-duty education programs be related to soldiers training and Military Occupational Specialty needs. As part of the response to this mandate, the Army was to develop a job-related Army literacy program. The program was to be a functional Basic Skills Education Program BSEP designed for soldiers at their permanent duty stations. The new BSEP II program was to provide instruction in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and computing skills needed for them to perform military duties through the E-5 level. The U. S. Army Research Institute ARI procured the contractual services of McFann, Gray and Associates MGA to develop an appropriate curriculum and course management system. The course was to be specifically designed for soldiers who tested below a 9.0 grade level on the Tests of Adult Basic Education TABE. The primary objective was to bring soldiers up to the 9.0 level on all subtests of the TABE using a course management plan that would minimize the distractions that existing BSEP II programs were felt to have on effective accomplishment of unit training objectives. The curriculum was developed and field tested during the period September 1981 to September 1983. The MGA curriculum was divided into three subject areas or courses Reading, Language, and Mathematics, Each course was divided into instructional units, or modules.
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