ERIC Number: ED249365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Coast Guard's CAI Approach to Basic Math and Reading Skills.
Glidden, William C.; And Others
To meet the remedial-instructional needs of its recruits, the Coast Guard developed a basic skills program, entitled the Basic Educational Enrichment Program (BEEP), at its recruit training center in Cape May, New Jersey. Objectives of the program were to ensure that all graduates of Coast Guard recruit training possess at least eighth-grade reading and math skills and to reduce the attrition at class "A" schools by enhancing the basic skills of marginally qualified entrants. The training program, which involved the integration of the Control Data PLATO basic skills curricula computer-assisted instruction with Navy-developed conventional materials, provided students with drill and practice, individualized instruction, tutoring, and group presentations--all focused on the individual needs of the students. While it is too early to claim complete success for the program, the instructional strategies employed in the program seem promising; the scores of the 287 students participating in the program thus far showed an overall increase of 6.8 percentage points on the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) verbal and arithmetic sections over the mean scores on the test for the preceding year. The Coast Guard will continue to monitor the long-term success of BEEP program participants with respect to success in class "A" school, job performance, rate of reenlistment, and rate of advancement. (MN)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Benefits, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Instructional Development, Mathematics Skills, Military Personnel, Military Training, Postsecondary Education, Program Content, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Reading Skills, Remedial Instruction, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Basic Educational Enrichment Program; Coast Guard; PLATO
Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Education Conference (Louisville, KY, November 6-10, 1984).