ERIC Number: ED242933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Development and Validation of Individualized Instruction in Functional Basic Skills for the Army.
Vaughan, Eva D.; And Others
This paper describes research concerning the nature of basic skills prerequisite to the learning and performance of a single, technical job (31M10, Multichannel Communications Equipment Operator) in the Army, and development of an instructional program to teach the skills. The work involved six phases carried out over a 2-year period: (1) analysis of the 31M10 job and course to identify prerequisite skills, (2) verification of the identified skills, (3) design and development of a basic skills course to teach the verified skills, (4) construction and validation of a screening/diagnostic test to identify trainees deficient in the skills and to assign them to appropriate lessons, (5) development of instructional materials, and (6) validation of the basic skills course. One of the findings of the study was that the course developed could be used to teach basic skills, but that the skill retention rate was not as high as expected, possibly because of lack of opportunity for the trainees to practice the skills immediately following completion of the course. It was concluded that the procedures used in this project could be used to define and teach basic skills prerequisite to other technical jobs. (Procedures and results of each phase are discussed, and conclusions and recommendations are drawn for functional basic skills training in the military.) (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Adults, Basic Skills, Course Content, Course Evaluation, Curriculum Development, Diagnostic Tests, Individualized Instruction, Job Analysis, Job Skills, Military Personnel, Military Training, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Screening Tests, Skill Development, Student Evaluation, Technical Education, Technical Occupations, Test Construction, Test Use, Test Validity, Validated Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Army Training Support Center, Fort Eustis, VA.
Authoring Institution: Applied Science Associates, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).