ERIC Number: ED105401
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy Skills and Requirements in Air Force Career Ladders. Final Report for Period January, 1973-September, 1974.
Mockovak, William P.
One of the major objectives of this study was to obtain an estimate of the reading skill level an individual would need in order to be able to read and understand the training and job materials in his Air Force career ladder. A methodology developed by Mockovak (1974) for comparing training and job reading requirements was used to calculate the reading requirements levels for 56 career ladders. The application of the reading requirement methodology was accomplished by Air Force subject matter specialists (SMS) in each of the 56 career ladders. After collecting all of the relevant reading material in a career ladder, the SMS then randomly selected 150 word samples from the materials. The FORCAST readability formula was then applied to obtain an estimated grade level difficulty, and trainee and job incumbent scores were converted to estimated reading grade levels using a validated conversion procedure. The results indicated that both reading skills and requirements varied widely between career ladders, that materials in many career ladders were not written to the reading skill level of the user, and that, although the average reading ability level of personnel dropped in many career ladders, the reading demands often did not drop accordingly. (WR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Lowry AFB, CO. Technical Training Div.