ERIC Number: ED208161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Development of Four Job-Oriented Basic Skills (JOBS) Programs. Final Report, October 1978-October 1980.
Harding, Susan R.; And Others
The Navy is finding it increasingly difficult to attract personnel with aptitude scores high enough to make them eligible for entry into Class "A" technical schools. Training courses were developed for low aptitude students that would increase their mastery of the prerequisite skills and knowledge (S/Ks) they would need for success in selected Class "A" schools. Four training areas were selected: propulsion engineering, operations, administrative/clerical, and electricity/electronics. The effort was conducted in two phases. The first phase was designed to determine which S/Ks should be taught by identifying S/Ks that were prerequisites for success in the selected Class "A" schools. The second phase involved the development and administration of four JOBS courses. Materials developed for each course included a student guide, an instructor guide, supporting training and testing materials, and a set of evaluation tests. Tests were administered before and after students took the JOBS courses. Students increased their mastery of selected basic S/Ks as a result of JOBS training; and students made greater gains in comprehension of technical terms than in mathematics. Recommendations were made for future JOBS courses: (1) close contact should be established between course developers and the "A" schools; (2) course developers should observe classroom JOBS instruction; (3) JOBS courses should not be developed for complex, highly technical subjects unless technically competent instructors are available; (4) instructor guide format should be modified; and (5) overhead transparencies should generally not be used. (KC)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Behavioral Objectives, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Instructional Materials, Material Development, Military Training, Minimum Competencies, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Programs, Skills, Teaching Guides, Technical Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Navy Personnel Research and Development Center, San Diego, CA.
Authoring Institution: Northrop Services, Inc., San Diego, CA.