Accession Number : ADA019366

Title :   Personnel Characteristics Relevant to Navy Technical Manual Preparation.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan-Jun 75,

Corporate Author : NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Githens,William H. ; Shennum,William A. ; Nugent,William A.

Report Date : DEC 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 53

Abstract : The effectiveness of alternative presentations of technical material may rest heavily on the technicians' characteristics. This study attempted to identify technician personnel characteristics which should be taken into account by technical manual writers/editors during TM preparation. Reviews of the literature, consultation with experts in the area, and interviews with Navy technicians were used as data sources. It was found that personnel characteristics could be grouped into aptitudes, background factors, and attitudes, which could, in turn, be related to reading comprehension and technician job performance. A method was proposed which would enable technical manual writers/editors to determine the characteristics of the group of probable users of a specific TM. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Instruction manuals, *Technicians, *Technical writing, User needs, Comprehension, Human factors engineering, Factor analysis, Difficulty, Aptitudes, Vocabulary, Reading, Intelligibility, Background, Performance(Human), Attitudes(Psychology), Naval personnel, Naval training, Preparation

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE