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ERIC Number: ED112156
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Determination of the Basic Mathematics Skill Needs and the Need for Mathematics Remediation for Secondary Vocational Education Students.
Long, Thomas E.; And Others
On an optical scanning survey form listing 66 basic mathematics skills, all secondary vocational teachers in Pennsylvania were asked to identify mathematical skills essential to success and skills in need of remediation for their specialties. Of 4,839 forms sent out, data from 3,404 yielded the 122 tables (121 pages) of findings arranged according to 61 specialties in the general areas of trade and industrial, technical, agricultural, home economics, business, and distributive education occupations. Two tables for each specialty are presented, ranking the skills according to essentiality for success and according to teacher perceived need for remediation. For each skill, the rank earned, the number of teachers responding to the item, and the percentage of the group establishing the rank are reported. Pooled rankings of essential and remedial skills are also shown for each vocational area. Every skill is found high in either or both the essentiality or need for remediation rankings. These findings indicate much variation and suggest the need for remediation in all basic mathematics skills. Several implications for using the data to personalize mathematics skill development are stated. A 12-item reference list, sample inventory form, and a vocational specialties list conclude the report. (MS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational, Technical, and Continuing Education.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Dept. of Vocational Education.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania