ERIC Number: ED226337
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Readability Grade Levels of Selected Navy Technical School Curricula. Focus on the Trained Person.
Losa, J. W.; And Others
The U.S. Navy conducted a study to determine the readability grade level of materials used in its technical training schools curricula as a basis for (1) establishing minimal reading competencies for those schools, (2) identifying problem textual materials used in those schools, and (3) choosing additional school curricula for readability analysis. Selection of schools used in the study was based on annual completion, percent of students set back, and withdrawal for academic reasons. The readability analyses were obtained using the Computer Readability Editing System (CRES) and calculated with the Flesch-Kincaid readability formula. The results indicated that the electronics technician curriculum had the most difficult readability grade level, 12.6. The least difficult course, machinery repairman, was found to have a readability grade level of 8.1. The electronics technician curriculum also had the highest percentage of setbacks and the third highest percentage of academic attrition of the 11 courses studied. The fact that the mean readability grade level of the 11 sampled courses correlated positively with setback rates indicated that readability may be contributing to the setback problem. Based on these results, it was recommended that readability grade level standards be set to match the mean reading ability of the intended reader and that the CRES be used to assess and improve all technical curriculum materials. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Naval Training Analysis and Evaluation Group, Orlando, FL.