Applying mathematical thinking: The role of mathematicians and scientists in equipping the new generation scientist

Belward, S. R., Matthews, K. E., Thompson, K. V., Pelaez, N. J., Coady, C., Adams, P., Simbag, V. A. and Rylands, L. J. (2011). Applying mathematical thinking: The role of mathematicians and scientists in equipping the new generation scientist. In: Hannah, John and Thomas, Mike, Proceedings of Volcanic Delta 2011. Volcanic Delta 2011: The Eighth Southern Hemisphere Conference on Teaching and Learning Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics, Rotorua, New Zealand, (12-21). 27 November - 2 December 2011.

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Author Belward, S. R.
Matthews, K. E.
Thompson, K. V.
Pelaez, N. J.
Coady, C.
Adams, P.
Simbag, V. A.
Rylands, L. J.
Title of paper Applying mathematical thinking: The role of mathematicians and scientists in equipping the new generation scientist
Language of Title eng
Conference name Volcanic Delta 2011: The Eighth Southern Hemisphere Conference on Teaching and Learning Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics
Conference location Rotorua, New Zealand
Conference dates 27 November - 2 December 2011
Proceedings title Proceedings of Volcanic Delta 2011
Language of Proceedings Title eng
Language of Journal Name eng
Place of Publication University of Auckland, New Zealand
Publisher University of Canterbury and The University of Auckland, on behalf of the International Delta Steering Committee
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9780473200190
Editor Hannah, John
Thomas, Mike
Start page 12
End page 21
Total pages 10
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The ability to make effective use of mathematical and statistical thinking and reasoning within context is an essential skill for graduating science students. The challenge for educators in higher education is to determine how best to foster the development of these skills. Many argue this challenge is becoming greater, given the increasingly diverse student body (often with weaker mathematics backgrounds) and the increasing use of modelling and data in modern science (meaning that the need to be able to apply mathematical and statistical thinking and reasoning is increasing). This paper discusses the implementation of initiatives within four institutions (University of Queensland, James Cook University, University of Maryland and Purdue University) that address these needs. In addition to describing the initiative itself, the change process is described. Therefore each initiative is examined through a framework based on: the need for the change, vision for the change, implementation of the change and evaluation of the change. In particular we explore the role of mathematicians and statisticians in these processes.
Keyword Interdisciplinary
Higher education
Science
Mathematics
Educational change
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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