Incidental observation of Oriental people leads the average Occidental to conclude that they do not have a high level of mechanical aptitude. Tales of Oriental drivers by eye witnesses from the Far East would particularly support such observations of automobile drivers. At Iowa State College during the winter of 1946, thirty Chinese and Japanese students taking special agricultural extension and engineering work in the United States were enrolled in the driver training course given regularly throughout the year. Although the number was limited, it was deemed advisable to make a systematic study of the progress of these learners in order to determine, if possible, the comparison with drivers of Caucasian blood in respect to mechanical aptitude. Also, the relationship between such mechanical aptitude, and their actual performance behind the wheel of an automobile might be ascertained. This is a preliminary report of the findings of the experiment, and the numbers do not warrant elaborate statistical evaluation.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1946 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Miller, Charles and Lauer, A. R.
"The Mechanical Aptitude of Drivers in Relation to Performance and the Wheel,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 53(1), 273-275.
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