ERIC Number: ED101770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Non-Traditional Method for Teaching Mathematics to Occupational/Technical Students.
Ellis, Harry; Payez, Joseph F.
An alternative to the traditional lecture method for teaching mathematics to occupational/technical students has been developed at Paul D. Camp Community College in Virginia. Fundamental to the new system is the need for the student to see the relevance of his studies to his occupational goals, as seemingly irrelevant material presents a motivational problem. An effort was made to structure mathematics courses to fit specific student needs within each occupational program. Mathematical skills were broken into groups, and the skills essential to each program were determined. Common blocks of mathematics instruction in fractions, decimals, etc., were supplemented by problems tailored to and written in the individual occupational jargon. Students studied the blocks at their own pace, and tests were administered at the end of each block. Some students complete their math requirement in one quarter; others may take four or five quarters. A mathematics laboratory with a math instructor and an audiotutorial system for the basic arithmetic program are included in the program. Although there is no statistical data with which to evaluate the program at this time, preliminary reports with respect to learning and dropout rates are favorable. (AH)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Instruction, College Mathematics, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Innovation, Learning Motivation, Mathematics Instruction, Programed Instruction, Relevance (Education), Technical Education, Technical Mathematics, Trade and Industrial Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia