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ERIC Number: ED017637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Jul
Pages: 60
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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MATHEMATICAL EXPECTATIONS OF TECHNICIANS IN MICHIGAN INDUSTRIES, A SPECIAL VOCATIONAL EDUCATION RESEARCH PROJECT.
LAWS, NORMAN G.
OBJECTIVES OF THIS STUDY WERE TO DETERMINE THE FUNDAMENTALS OF MATHEMATICS AND COMMON MATHEMATICS SKILLS NEEDED BY TECHNICIANS AND TO DETERMINE IF THESE FUNDAMENTALS AND SKILLS SHOULD BE TAUGHT BEFORE EMPLOYMENT OR AS RELATED ACTIVITIES AFTER EMPLOYMENT. A PILOT SURVEY WAS MADE IN DETROIT TO VALIDATE THE RESEARCH INSTRUMENTS. THE POPULATION WAS 71 COMPANIES, SELECTED ON THE BASIS OF "BEST PRACTICE" AND "MOST PROMISE" WHICH EMPLOYED 23,062 TECHNICIANS. REPRESENTATIVES OF EACH COMPANY WERE INTERVIEWED TO ASCERTAIN THE TYPES OF TECHNICIANS EMPLOYED AND THEIR MATHEMATICS NEEDS. THE RESPONDENTS INDICATED ON A CHECKLIST THE MATHEMATICS FUNDAMENTALS THEY CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL, DESIRABLE, OR NOT NEEDED. IT WAS ESTABLISHED THAT SKILLS IN ARITHMETIC, ALGEBRA, GEOMETRY, AND TRIGONOMETRY (THROUGH RIGHT ANGLES) WERE NEEDED BY ALL CLASSIFICATIONS OF TECHNICIANS. OTHER FINDINGS WERE--(1) PREPARATION PRIOR TO EMPLOYMENT WAS DESIRED BY 27 PERCENT OF THE SUPERVISORS, (2) 2.8 PERCENT OF THE COMPANIES OFFERED TRAINING COURSES, (3) 87 PERCENT OF THE COMPANIES HAD TUITION SUBSIDY PLANS, AND (4) 65 PERCENT PREDICTED THAT, BY 1977, STATISTICS, COMPUTER LANGUAGE, AND CALCULUS WOULD BE REQUIRED OF MANY TECHNICIANS. TABULAR DATA SHOW THE MATHEMATICS FUNDAMENTALS AND SKILLS NEEDED FOR ALL THE TECHNICIAN CLASSIFICATIONS STUDIED. (EM)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Dept. of Public Instruction, Lansing. Div. of Vocational Education.
Identifiers: MICHIGAN