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ERIC Number: EJ1008254
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1931-7913
On the Edge of Mathematics and Biology Integration: Improving Quantitative Skills in Undergraduate Biology Education
Feser, Jason; Vasaly, Helen; Herrera, Jose
CBE - Life Sciences Education, v12 n2 p124-128 Jun 2013
In this paper, the authors describe how two institutions are helping their undergraduate biology students build quantitative competencies. Incorporation of quantitative skills and reasoning in biology are framed through a discussion of two cases that both concern introductory biology courses, but differ in the complexity of the mathematics and the type of changes involved. First, at the University of Maryland-College Park, MathBench Biology Modules (via an interactive Web-based instructional service) are providing supplemental materials to illustrate and develop quantitative competencies basic to biology. The second example, at Davidson College, uses a unique text to introduce a wide range of students, including those with no calculus experience, to challenging mathematical concepts in biology. The textbook emphasizes learning through modeling and data analysis, activities that are integral to developing understanding in biology. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A