ERIC Number: ED204150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Interdependence of Mathematical Skills, Grade Point Average, and Language Proficiency for Hispanic College Students.
Mestre, Jose P.; Gerace, William J.
Minorities have for some time faced underrepresentation in the technical professions. However, recent statistics indicate that many more minorities are enrolled in higher education than ever before. This report centers on identifying the particular difficulties that bilingual Hispanic students majoring in technical subjects have in performing mathematics and physics-related tasks. Further, the research aims at separating the difficulties into those deriving from language deficiencies and those from conceptual ones. The findings cited investigate the relationship between grade point average, language proficiency, and performance on various mathematical tasks for a group of 60 Hispanic bilingual undergraduates majoring in technical subjects. The results indicate that language proficiency is strongly correlated with mathematics performance as well as grade point. This suggests that courses that attempt to raise the level of language proficiency of those Hispanics possessing low skills may improve pupil performance in mathematics or decouple somewhat the interdependence between language proficiency and mathematics performance. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Dept. of Physics and Astronomy.
Identifiers: Mathematics Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the Remedial and Developmental Mathematics in College: Issues and Innovations, Conference (CUNY, April 9-11, 1981). Not available in hard copy due to copyright restrictions.