ERIC Number: ED223450
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Field Test of a Numerical Basic Skills Curriculum. Focus on the Trained Person.
Hamel, Cheryl J.; And Others
The results of a field test which evaluated the training effectiveness of a new curriculum in the Naval Apprentice Training Program are detailed. The new mathematics curriculum was designed by Memphis State University to teach fundamental mathematical skills to low-aptitude sailors. The goal was to bring such sailors to at least eighth-grade proficiency. Fifty recruits comprised the sample. The curriculum consisted of 13 modules, but sailors were individually diagnosed and prescribed only those sections where deficiencies were noted. Of the 50 subjects, 36 persons required remediation in 1 or 2 areas, 8 needed remediation in 3 or 4 areas, and 6 needed to study 5 or 6 modules. It is concluded the program was successful, with the curriculum requiring an average of 8.5 days to complete. The program was not designed to accommodate the requirements of specific Navy training programs or jobs but rather to parallel the content of the Stanford Diagnostic Mathematics Test, Brown Level. It is recommended that the curriculum be used whenever the goal is to provide sailors with an eighth-grade minimum competency level in mathematics, but to use an existing workbook to teach various prerequisite computational and higher order application skills. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Naval Training Analysis and Evaluation Group, Orlando, FL.
Identifiers: Mathematics Education Research; Naval Training; Navy