ERIC Number: EJ1021717
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Engaging Life-Sciences Students with Mathematical Models: Does Authenticity Help?
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v44 n6 p865-876 2013
Compulsory mathematics service units for the life sciences present unique challenges: even students who learn some specific skills maintain a negative attitude to mathematics and do not see the relevance of the unit towards their degree. The focus on authentic content and the presentation and teaching of global or qualitative methods before teaching the corresponding quantitative techniques led to a positive change in the attitudes and disposition of the students.
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Mathematical Models, Mathematics Instruction, Relevance (Education), College Students, Student Attitudes, Learner Engagement, Student Surveys, Mathematics Achievement, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia