Writing Skills Course for Newly Commissioned Marine Corps Officers
Final rept. 15 Jul 91-30 Sep 92,
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The Basic School TBS at the Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia requested that the Navy Personnel Research and Development Center develop a self-paced course to improve the writing skills of their students, newly commissioned Marine Corps officers. The approach consisted of 1 conducting a needs analysis, 2 surveying existing writing materials, 3 developing the course, and 4 validating the course. A diagnostic pretest and posttest were also developed. The results show that the writing skills course was a success. The diagnostic pretest and the posttest instruments are reliable. The TBS students who took the course improved their grammar and their mechanics of writing significantly as shown by the improvement from their diagnostic pretest scores to their posttest scores.
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