ERIC Number: ED225110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Descriptive Study on the Reading Comprehension and Related Characteristics of U.S. Navy Recruits: A Twelve-Month Profile.
Bowman, Harry L.; Kerr, Norman, J.
To determine the educationally related characteristics and relationships among selected variables that describe the United States Navy's recruit population, data were obtained on 84,123 recruits who entered the Navy between June 1981 and May 1982. Data were obtained from the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Comprehension Test and the Armed Forces Qualification Test of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. Selected variables included years of education, high school graduation status, aptitude test scores, and reading grade level (RGL) scores. Results indicated that with respect to years of education, Navy recruits had completed slightly more than half of the 11th grade on the average. The aptitude of recruits did not appear to vary in any clearly identifiable season or cyclic pattern. The performance of the recruits on reading comprehension showed relative stability across the 12-month period with regard to descriptive measures of central tendency. The conclusions suggest that the recruit population remains relatively stable with respect to central tendency measures on years of education, reading comprehension performance, and aptitude indices. Factors on which distributions by month differed included RGL scores, high school graduation status, high school graduate and nonhigh school graduate recruits who scored above and below the 6.0 RGL criterion, and high school graduation status of recruits who scored below the 6.0 RGL. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (11th, New Orleans, LA, November 10-12, 1982).