Building quantitative skills of undergraduate science students: Exploring the educational resources

Rylands, Leanne J., Matthews, Kelly E., Simbag, Vilma A., Belward, Shaun, Adams, Peter and Coady, Carmel (2011). Building quantitative skills of undergraduate science students: Exploring the educational resources. In: Manjula Sharma, Alexandra Yeung, Trisha Jenkins, Elizabeth Johnson, Gerry Rayner and Jan West, Proceedings of the Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education 2011. Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, Melbourne, Australia, (145-150). 28-30 September 2011.

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Author Rylands, Leanne J.
Matthews, Kelly E.
Simbag, Vilma A.
Belward, Shaun
Adams, Peter
Coady, Carmel
Title of paper Building quantitative skills of undergraduate science students: Exploring the educational resources
Language of Title eng
Conference name Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 28-30 September 2011
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education 2011
Language of Proceedings Title eng
Language of Journal Name eng
Place of Publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher UniServe Science
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9780987183408
Editor Manjula Sharma
Alexandra Yeung
Trisha Jenkins
Elizabeth Johnson
Gerry Rayner
Jan West
Start page 145
End page 150
Total pages 6
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Science and mathematics are inherently interwoven, although they are often considered as separate entities for educational purposes. Consequently, teaching and learning in these fields is dominated by discipline perspectives without explicit mention of the need for knowledge of the symbiotic relationship between them. Not only do students entering science programs in higher education need a base level of mathematical knowledge, they are expected to apply this knowledge in scientific contexts, utilising their quantitative skills (QS). Many higher education science curricula reform efforts are responding to the increasing mathematical diversity of students, although they struggle to build QS of all students to an appropriate threshold prior to graduation. This paper aims to discuss educational resources that attempt to build the QS of science graduates. Data from interviews across nine Australian universities reveals a range of resources developed and delivered by mathematics departments and science departments usually in isolation from each other, but with some instances of cross-disciplinary resource development. Implications for the ongoing divide between mathematics departments and science departments, and the tension between teaching mathematical knowledge and the need for that knowledge to be applied in science, are discussed along with areas where further research could benefit the sector.
Keyword Quantitative skills
Science
Resources
Higher education
Evaluation
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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