Accession Number : AD0715640

Title :   Literacy Demands of Publications in Selected Military Occupational Specialties,

Corporate Author : HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Sticht,Thomas G.

Report Date : OCT 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : The reading difficulty levels of publications in five MOSs were determined by means of the Flesch and Dale-Chall readability formulas. The readability levels of the publications were compared with the reading abilities of low and average mental aptitude men working in the MOSs. The comparison indicates that, in all MOSs, the average readability level of the publications exceeded the average reading abilities of the low aptitude men by from two to eight years. In all but one MOS, the average readability of the publications exceeded the average reading ability of the average mental aptitude men by from one to six years. Evidence is presented to suggest that both high and low aptitude readers are hurt when the reading difficulty of materials in increased. An appendix describes procedures for deriving the Flesch index of readability. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MILITARY PUBLICATIONS, LANGUAGE), (*VERBAL BEHAVIOR, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS), (*READING, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN)), JOB ANALYSIS, ARMY PERSONNEL, EDUCATION, APTITUDE TESTS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), CLASSIFICATION

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE