ERIC Number: ED053959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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The Effects of a Mathematical Approach to Teaching Two Topics in High School Biology on Student Achievement and Attitudes.
Wixson, Eldwin Atwell, Jr.
Mathematical approaches to teaching cell structure and physiology and the probability aspects of genetics were used in each of two types of biology courses: one using the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) Yellow version and the other using Otto and Towle's "Modern Biology." Tests of lateral and vertical mathematics transfer, biology achievement, and attitudes toward the place of mathematics in society were administered to the experimental group and to a comparable group using the "standard" technique for each program. In the cell topic, the mathematical treatment enhanced lateral transfer, particularly in the BSCS setting, and increased the scores on the topic achievement test for the BSCS students. In the genetics topic, the mathematical treatment had vertical value when used with the BSCS version, where it also increased topic achievement; but the procedure decreased the topic scores of the Modern Biology group. The variation in approach had no effect on attitudes toward the place of mathematics in society. (Author/AL)
Descriptors: Achievement, Attitudes, Biology, Doctoral Dissertations, Evaluation, Instruction, Mathematics, Secondary School Science, Transfer of Training
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Note: Ph.D. dissertation, University of Michigan