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ERIC Number: EJ883250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Combining Efforts to Encourage Student Research in Collaborative Quantitative Fields
Nadolski, Jeremy; Smith, Lee Ann
PRIMUS, v20 n3 p228-244 2010
As technology and science advance, the boundary between the disciplines begins to blur, emphasizing that it is now, more than ever, a requirement to have a solid background in multiple fields to fully understand emerging scientific advances. As faculty, we need to equip our undergraduate students not only with an introduction to these modern concepts, but also with the ability to apply them in future careers. In order to address this need, we have begun collaborating with faculty outside our individual fields to help educate students in the classroom and aid in our research projects. Specifically, we have combined undergraduate research students from both biology and mathematics departments to work together on projects requiring input from both perspectives. Students work side by side performing experiments, analyzing data, and teaching each other pertinent background information. Students benefit from this research since they encounter real-world data sets whose analysis requires knowledge beyond the typical textbook examples. In addition to performing experiments, students participate in journal clubs to stimulate discussion of experiments and to improve data analysis skills. This type of collaborative learning can also be applied to small classroom settings. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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