ERIC Number: ED232037
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Knowledge Retention among Graduates of Basic Electricity and Electronics Schools.
Hall, Eugene R.; And Others
The extent of knowledge decay during the interval between graduation from a basic electricity and electronics (BE/E) school and entry into a construction electrician (CE) "A" school was assessed. A sample consisting of 307 BE/E graduates was retested using a multiple choice test identical to the final examination taken at BE/E school. Prior to the retest, students were given a 2-hour classroom period in which they could use BE/E study guides to refresh themselves on material covered in BE/E. The results indicated that BE/E knowledge does decay. Decay was greater for phase 2 knowledge (AC theory) than for phase 1 knowledge (DC theory). The amount of decay increased as the time between tests increased and as student ability decreased. No differences in the range of ability in BE/E test scores existed among the three BE/E schools. Decay had no apparent effect on subsequent "A" school achievement. (Nine tables and two figures are provided. Appendixes include the instructions for testing BE/E knowledge at the "A" schools and the results of a discriminant function analysis performed for the study.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Naval Training Analysis and Evaluation Group, Orlando, FL.