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There is some fairly specific advice on this question in Martha Maxwell's
new book "From Access to Success" See Part 9: Mathematics and in
paricular Betsy Darkens article.
Reed Mencke
 On Mon, 24 Apr 1995, Sue
Engbretson wrote:
 
> Starting this fall, we at Eastern Wyoming College will be
> offering applied technical and reading courses for students
> demonstrating low skill levels on the ASSET and/or Nelson-Denny
> Reading Test.  We plan to utilize a paired teaching technique with
> vocational instructors so that students are studying the same type
> math, reading, vocabulary and spelling problems in the courses as are
> being introduced in their vocational programs.  We will include
> a one hour lab each week.  The vocational programs involved include
> welding, business office studies, air conditioning/refrigeration,
> transportation diesel, and cosmetology. The reading classes will
> address study skills and basic reading strategies - with an
> emphasis on reading charts, graphs, and diagrams. Students
> will then apply those strategies to the manuals and textbooks being
> used in their vocational classes.  The math classes will stress
> application of arithmetic skills in vocational areas.  Is anyone
> teaching a similar course and if so, what materials - textbooks,
> manuals, or reasonably priced software have you used or found to be
> helpful? Do you have suggestions for applied arithmetic labs?  I look
> forward to hearing from anyone with ideas and experiences to share.
>
> Sue Engbretson
> Learning Skills Lab Coordinator
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