ERIC Number: ED160872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Relating Performance in Basic Electricity and Electronics and "A" Schools.
Sachar, Jane; And Others
Navy recruits who are assigned to class "A" schools based on their performance on aptitude tests must complete training at Basic Electricity and Electronics (BE/E) schools prior to enrolling at the "A" schools. Since high attrition rates at the BE/E level due to recruits' failing to master 100 percent of the training modules in the specified time creates a serious problem in the Navy's electronic training program, a study was undertaken to explore the feasibility of lowering mastery standards without significantly affecting "A" school success and of developing criteria for reassigning students to alternative follow-on schools based on early BE/E performance. BE/E and follow-on schools supplied performance data for all students--graduates and nongraduates--in attendance between January and June 1976, and various methods of correlating predictor and criterion variables were computed to predict the success of the feasibility studies. From an analysis of the study results, it was concluded that (1) BE/E performance relates very little to performance in the follow-on "A" schools; (2) reassignment of students to alternative follow-on courses based on early BE/E achievement has a minimal effect on attrition; (3) attrition is due to both poor performance and lack of motivation; and (4) poor students should be identified and reassigned to schools suited to their proficiencies. Further research is needed to determine if differential mastery standards can be applied to various follow-on schools and if using a new BE/E curriculum would reduce attrition. (ELG)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Admission Criteria, Armed Forces, Competency Based Education, Correlation, Educational Programs, Electricity, Electronics, Feasibility Studies, Job Skills, Performance Criteria, Performance Factors, Predictor Variables, Program Evaluation, Research Needs, School Holding Power, Trade and Industrial Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Navy Personnel Research and Development Center, San Diego, CA.
Identifiers: Navy; A Schools; United States