ERIC Number: ED100703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
Reference Count: 0
New York Educators and the Metric System: A Survey of Selected Secondary and Post-Secondary Teachers' Usage, Needs, and Feelings Regarding Metric Measurement.
New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of Occupational Education Research.
To determine the extent of awareness and use of the metric system among occupational education teachers and students, the New York State Bureau of Occupational Education sent questionnaires to relevant personnel in selected schools throughout the state. Responses were received from 344 teachers in 55 secondary schools and 42 post-secondary institutions. Only 19.4 percent of the secondary teachers surveyed indicated that their students regularly use the metric system; they were health education teachers or training and industrial teachers. Approximately 60 percent of the secondary teachers responding reported that they tried to stimulate awareness of the metric system among their students. More than 70 percent expressed the need or desire to participate in workshops concerning the metric system, but most reported that such workshops were unavailable, and that the primary stimuli for metric work in the classroom came from professional organizations. The data collected from post-secondary teachers supported these points of view. On the basis of these findings, it was recommended that the State Education Department develop hands-on inservice workshops concerned with the teaching of the metric system in occupational education courses and conduct such workshops throughout the state. (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of Occupational Education Research.