ERIC Number: ED091660
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
An Investigation and Demonstration of Methodologies for Determining the Reading Skills and Requirements of Air Force Career Ladders.
Mockovak, William P.
The purpose of this study was to demonstrate a methodology which could be used to estimate the reading skills of Air Force personnel and the reading requirements of different career fields in an attempt to determine the extent of the difference between the reading skills of personnel and the reading requirements of the training materials in a given field. Methodologies for determining levels of reading in career fields were reviewed, as were readability measures which could serve as integral parts of reading requirements methodologies. The most desirable methodology had to be objective, valid, inexpensive and easy to apply, and not overly time consuming. The methodology decided upon involved the application of a readability formula to random samples of reading materials taken from five technical courses at Lowry Air Force Base. The Forecast formula was selected as the readability measure. The results indicated that the methodology selected could be applied quite easily to entire Air Force career fields; once the representative sample of reading material has been collected, it is an easy matter to determine readability; and the Forcast formula appears to have the greatest potential for use in the field. (WR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Brooks AFB, TX.; Air Force Human Resources Lab., Lowry AFB, CO. Technical Training Div.