ERIC Number: ED251521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Technical Education Today: The Need for a Greater Emphasis on Verbal Skills and Their Relation to Successful Problem Solving.
Gerace, William J.; Mestre, Jose P.
Research findings that indicate the need for greater integration in the development of verbal and mathematical skills for college technical majors are presented in this paper. Although the project discussed was originally designed to isolate language-related difficulties that affect mathematical skills among bilingual Hispanic students, some problems shared by mainstream students were also uncovered. The tests used were designed to demonstrate the effect of verbal skills on logical ability and algebraic problem-solving ability. Patterns of thought manifested in the results of the written exams were then pursued further through clinical interviews. It is stressed that extant programs aimed at the preparation of minorities for technical education at college fall short by not including language skills as an integral part of the program. Such an integrated program, it is suggested, would enhance students' problem-solving performances. The tabulated results of the exams are appended. (RDN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Dept. of Physics and Astronomy.