Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy ETDs

Publication Date

Summer 7-21-1976

Abstract

This study was performed to determine the relationship between the Administrative Airman Qualifying Examination, class standing in professional school and quickness of promotion of Air Force Noncommissioned Officers.

The Administrative AQE was chosen for study because studies have shown it to be unreliable a predictor of success in technical training and its validity has not been tested as a predictor of success in either professional training or promotion.

The sample of subjects consisted of three hundred and forty-four Air Force Noncommissioned Officers. This sample is representative of the population of Noncommissioned Officers who have taken the Airman Qualifying Examination (AQE) and have at ended a Noncommissioned Officers Academy, and the population of Noncommissioned Officers who have taken the AQE and have been promoted to pay grades E-5, E-6 or E-7. The categories were: Leadership class graduates (Black and non-Black), NCO class graduates (Black and non-Black) and Noncommissioned Officers in pay grades E-5, E-6 and E-7 who were promoted in 1973. Because they were too few in numbers, Blacks were not treated separately. in the promoted group.

The following hypotheses were tested:

1. There is no relationship between the Administrative AQE score and final class score of Noncommissioned Officers attending the Noncommissioned Officers Academy.

2. There is no relationship between the Administrative AQE score and final class score for Black Noncommissioned Officers attending the Noncommissioned Officers Academy.

3. There is no relationship between the Administrative AQE score and final class score for Black Noncommissioned Officers attending the Noncommissioned Officers Academy.

4. There is no difference between the class scores of Black and non-Black Noncommissioned Officers attendings the Noncommissioned Officers Academy.

5. There is no difference between the Administrative AQE scores of Black and non-Black Noncommissioned Officers attending the Noncommissioned Officers Academy.

6. There is no relationship between the Administrative AQE score and time-in-grade until promotion to the next higher grade.

The Spearman Rank Correlation Coefficient was used to test the correlation between the following variables: Administrative AQE score and finals class score. Administrative AQE score and time-in-grade and Administrative AQE score and final class score by race (Black and non-Black). The acceptable significance was set at .05.

Document Type

Dissertation

Level of Degree

Doctoral

First Committee Member (Chair)

Ronald E. Blood

Second Committee Member

Richard L. Holemon

Third Committee Member

Paul A. Pohland

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