ERIC Number: ED222865
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Readability Levels of Representative Navy Job Reading Materials for Nonrated Personnel.
Hamel, Cheryl J.; And Others
To ensure that the essential job-related reading materials for nonrated United States Navy personnel were not beyond their reading capabilities, a study was undertaken to determine the readability levels of a representative sample of essential Navy job-related materials. The criteria for selecting material were that it be narrative text and that it be encountered frequently by the nonrated sailor on the job or when studying for advancement in training. Ten text passages from each document were keyed into a computer and analyzed using the Computer Readability Editing System. Reading grade levels were computed for each of the text passages. These reading grade levels were then averaged to give a single reading grade level for each category of document, e.g., all rate training manuals. An average reading grade level for all categories of documents was also computed to establish the overall readability level of job-related material. Based on the results of the study, the following recommendations were made: (1) a ninth grade reading ability should be established as the minimum competency level for enlisted personnel, (2) remedial reading instruction should be provided for sailors reading below the ninth grade level as measured by the Gates-MacGinitie Reading tests, (3) Navy-relevant and job-related remedial reading programs should be implemented at apprentice training sites and at selected areas of fleet concentration, and (4) the readability of essential job materials with reading grade levels higher than 10.0 should be simplified. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Naval Training Analysis and Evaluation Group, Orlando, FL.