ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
The Army Research Institute has completed an analysis of a self-paced course to determine how it was working after being in operation for about four years. The course analyzed was the Clerk-Typist course, which produced over 8, 000 clerk-typists a year for the Army. The objectives of this research study were to account for student performance and to determine the environment in which the course was conducted. The specific objectives were as follows 1 to analyze the criteria of performance in a self-paced course and to find valid predictors of the criteria, 2 to determine student attitudes toward the course, 3 to examine the discipline rate of students in a self-paced course, and 4 to identify problems of administering and managing a self-paced course. The average male graduate required about 100 hours of training spread over about 5 to 6 weeks of calendar time. The extra time was spent on details and at other nonacademic activities. The average woman graduate finished in a shorter time, about 70 hours of training spread over 4 to 5 calendar weeks. In addition to taking less time, the women graduates also had a higher typing speed their average was 33 NWPM as compared to 26 NWPM man graduates.