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Problem Solving Skills of Hispanic College Students [microform] / William J. Gerace and Jose P. Mestre
Bib ID 5400597
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Gerace, William J
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1981 
17 p. 

Minorities have for some time been underrepresented in the technical fields, such as engineering and computer science. This development is known to be caused by a variety of factors, but the primary purpose of this report is to help identify those factors that adversely affect the cognitive development of the technical bilingual student in terms of which are language related and which are not. The results of two projects aimed at elucidating the interconnection between linguistic and mathematical cognitive development are presented. The first is a study of translational mathematics skills among bilingual Hispanic engineering and science students. In the second study, an attempt is made to determine the dependence of algebraic performance upon verbal context. Data were obtained using both written exams and clinical interview techniques. Results indicated several mathematical misconceptions unique to Hispanic students that may originate in linguistic factors. Possible causes and remedies for these misconceptions are discussed. (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 Colelge: 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 Algebra.  |  College Mathematics.  |  College Science.  |  Concept Formation.  |  Educational Research.  |  Engineering Education.  |  Higher Education.  |  Hispanic Americans.  |  Language Research.  |  Learning Problems.  |  Mathematics Education.  |  Performance.  |  Problem Solving.  |  Verbal Ability.  |  Mathematics Education Research
Form/genre Reports, Research.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
Other authors/contributors Mestre, Jose P., author  |  Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
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