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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship of aptitude and vocational interest to academic achievement of soldiers in entry-level job training programs at the US Army Quartermaster School. The study was designed to distinguish between soldiers who passed all course examinations and those who did not. The soldiers were expected to differ on selected measures of aptitude and vocational interest.;The courses were selected for study because approximately 50% of the soldiers enrolled failed one or more examinations on the first attempt and thus required some form of retraining. The Quartermaster School is committed to reducing retraining costs (remedial instruction, study hall, and academic counseling by instructors). It was anticipated in the study that optimum job assignments lead to better performances in training for jobs, more often, when assignments are consistent with the ability and vocational preferences of soldiers.;It was hypothesized that the pass group would exceed the nonpass group on aptitude and vocational interest in both courses. It was concluded that aptitude and vocational interest made only a small contribution to the achievement of soldiers. The pass group exceeded the nonpass group on different measures of aptitude and interest for each course.;Further study should examine a broader set of predictors for selection and classification. In addition, the factors which account for the large unexplained portion of the variance between the pass and nonpass groups should be determined.



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