ERIC Number: ED173423
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Development and Validation of the Air Force Technical Training Student Survey: Attitudinal Correlates of Course Attrition Level and Student Gender. Final Report for Period March 1973--December 1978.
Kantor, Jeffrey E.; And Others
As part of a multiphase study on male and female student attitudes towards Air Force technical training and the relationship between those attitudes and student performance, the 121-item Technical Training Student Survey (TTSS) was administered to 12,666 technical training students. The attitudes of students from high attrition courses were compared to the attitudes of students from low attrition courses to identify those attitudes related to course attrition rate and to compare attitudes related to student performance at different levels of student attrition. Many similarities were found, but differences suggested the importance of motivational factors. Male and female attitudes towards the training experience were found to differ in several areas. While some differences referred to specific aspects of training, most appeared to be reflecting the differences in attitudes between a group with experience in a particular environment (men) versus those of a group entering a relatively new experience (women). The attitudes related to performance for men and women were found to be very similar with some indications that women were having greater difficulty with some aspects of the academic work. These findings and the application of this methodology to other subsets of the existing data base are discussed. The TTSS is appended. (Author/MH)
Descriptors: Dropout Attitudes, Dropout Characteristics, Enlisted Personnel, Graduation, Military Training, Persistence, Postsecondary Education, Predictor Variables, Program Attitudes, Research Reports, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Surveys, Technical Education, Test Construction
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Brooks AFB, TX.