ERIC Number: ED104725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Going Metric: An Analysis of Experiences in Five Nations and Their Implications for U.S. Educational Planning. Final Report.
Chalupsky, Albert B.; And Others
This study was undertaken in order to gather information concerning conversion to the metric system by other countries which might be useful in planning for conversion by the United States. Representatives of organizations in five countries (United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Canada) which had recently converted to the metric system were surveyed. The survey instrument was designed to cover 15 key areas related to influences for and resistance to conversion, scheduling, teaching strategies, development of materials and programs, and suggestions for the United States. Concurrently with the survey the investigators developed an overseas data collection network and a complex information storage system, and conducted an intensive literature review. Findings are related to: (1) the identification of groups exerting influence for metrication; (2) strategies, materials and special problems of metric instruction; (3) teacher training; and (4) changes respondents would make in their country's approaches. Nine implications and recommendations are posed by the investigators. This report includes discussions of the programs in each of the five countries and an extensive bibliography. (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.
Note: For a related document, see SE 019 040