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Identifying Learning Handicaps of College Age Spanish-Speaking Bilingual Students Majoring in Technical Subjects. Bilingual Research Project [microform] / William J. Gerace and Jose P. Mestre
Bib ID 5437303
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Gerace, William J
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1983 
73 p. 

Studies were conducted to identify critical barriers which could impede the progress of Hispanic undergraduates enrolled in science and engineering programs. The underlying theme in most studies was the interplay of language in various problem-solving tasks. Studies examined: (1) predictors of academic achievement (as measured by grade point average); (2) ability of students to translate word problems into appropriate mathematical equations, with an emphasis on identifying errors caused by misinterpretations of the problem statement as opposed to errors caused by mathematical deficiencies; (3) extent to which students' academic, motivational, and socioeconomic characteristics mediated their performance in various cognitive measures; and (4) the ability of students to solve logical reasoning problems containing multiple negations. Findings indicate that Hispanic students are underprepared in comparison to Anglo students. Areas in which Hispanics displayed underpreparation are algebraic skills, language skills, and problem-solving skills requiring substantial amounts of linguistic processing. Differences in socioeconomic status between Hispanics and Anglos were also found. In addition, findings indicate that various errors committed by the Hispanics in solving mathematics and logics problems are the result of semantic difficulties and not necessarily the result of difficulties in the content area. (JN)


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

Contract Number: NIE-G-79-0094.

ERIC Note: Appendices A-E have been removed 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.  |  Bilingual Students.  |  College Science.  |  Engineering Education.  |  Equations (Mathematics)  |  Higher Education.  |  Language Skills.  |  Learning Problems.  |  Mathematics Skills.  |  Performance Factors.  |  Predictor Variables.  |  Problem Solving.  |  Spanish Speaking.  |  Student Characteristics.  |  Science Education Research
Form/genre Reports, Research.
Other authors/contributors Mestre, Jose P., author  |  Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
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