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The Interdependence of Mathematical Skills, Grade Point Average, and Language Proficiency for Hispanic College Students [microform] / Jose P. Mestre and William J. Gerace
Bib ID 5400596
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Mestre, Jose P
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1981 
18 p. 

Minorities have for some time faced underrepresentation in the technical professions. However, recent statistics indicate that many more minorities are enrolled in higher education than ever before. This report centers on identifying the particular difficulties that bilingual Hispanic students majoring in technical subjects have in performing mathematics and physics-related tasks. Further, the research aims at separating the difficulties into those deriving from language deficiencies and those from conceptual ones. The findings cited investigate the relationship between grade point average, language proficiency, and performance on various mathematical tasks for a group of 60 Hispanic bilingual undergraduates majoring in technical subjects. The results indicate that language proficiency is strongly correlated with mathematics performance as well as grade point. This suggests that courses that attempt to raise the level of language proficiency of those Hispanics possessing low skills may improve pupil performance in mathematics or decouple somewhat the interdependence between language proficiency and mathematics performance. (MP)


Sponsoring Agency: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.

Contract Number: NIE-G-79-0094.

ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Remedial and Developmental Mathematics in College: Issues and Innovations, Conference (CUNY, April 9-11, 1981). Not available in hard copy due to copyright restrictions.

Educational level discussed: Higher Education.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Academic Achievement.  |  College Mathematics.  |  Concept Formation.  |  Educational Research.  |  Grade Point Average.  |  Higher Education.  |  Hispanic Americans.  |  Language Research.  |  Learning Problems.  |  Mathematics Education.  |  Performance.  |  Verbal Ability.  |  Mathematics Education Research
Form/genre Reports, Research.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
Other authors/contributors Gerace, William J., author  |  Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
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