ERIC Number: ED210435
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Evaluation of a Job-Oriented Basic Skills Training Program--Interim Report, July 1979-July 1981.
Baker, Meryl S.; Huff, Kent H.
The Job-Oriented Basic Skills (JOBS) program was evaluated to determine whether it could compensate for skill deficiencies of lower aptitude personnel so that they could successfully complete Navy technical schools and perform to standard in the fleet. JOBS curricula were developed for four content strands (aggregations of 12 Class "A" schools based on common content and prerequisite skill and knowledge requirements). Volunteer recruits (N=2212) were randomly assigned to two groups: JOBS direct-track, who entered JOBS training immediately following recruit training, and JOBS delayed-track, who first completed apprenticeship and time in the fleet. Data collected from the two groups were compared with that from a fleet control group with two "A" school-qualified groups who attended"A" school with the JOBS groups. The JOBS groups included twice as many minorities. There were no significant differences in test performance between JOBS direct- and delayed-track students. Overall attrition for JOBS groups from "A" schools was twice that for comparison groups. In general, JOBS students took longer to complete training and scored lower on end-of-course comprehensive tests. The JOBS program appeared to have potential for attenuating Navy technical manpower shortages and contributing to minority upward mobility. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Navy Personnel Research and Development Center, San Diego, CA.