ERIC Number: ED186608
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Basic Mathematics Skills and Vocational Education. Information Series No. 199.
Long, Thomas E.
This review and synthesis focuses on issues concerning the relationship between basic mathematics competency and vocational education. A section which outlines the problem--the lack of basic competency in computational skills in youth and adults--discusses the work of the National Assessment of Educational Progress to evaluate student performance and declining scores on Iowa Tests of Basic skills and California Achievement Tests. Support for remedying skill deficiencies is described as coming from implementing career education in the mathematics classroom and the public's support of increased emphasis on careers in high school as shown by the Phi Delta Kappa based on Gallup Polls of Public Attitudes Toward Education. A section that makes special note of the problem of defining"basic skills" suggests that skills can be specified only as being basic when that to which they are basic is specifically stated. The need for vocational educators to search for and specify the mathematical applications that underlie vocational emphasis is briefly considered. The section following provides examplars of the varied approaches of mathematics and vocational educators to the issues of mathematics in vocational curricula, individualization, metrication, and instruction for special needs groups. Concluding lists of observations and recommendations summarize the information presented in the monograph. (YLB) Aspect of National Assessment (NAEP) dealt with in this document: Program Description.
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Career Education, Competence, Computation, Curriculum Development, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Females, Individualized Instruction, Integrated Curriculum, Mathematics, Metric System, Public Opinion, Public Support, Relevance (Education), Skill Development, Vocational Education
National Center Publications, The National Center for Research in Vocational Education, The Ohio State University, 1960 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43210 ($2.80).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.