Science Sampler: The great divide—How mathematics is perceived by students in math and science classroomsby: Judith E. Beauford

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Often the differences students see in science and mathematics classrooms are in perspective, approach, or application. Understanding those differences can help teachers to present a unified picture of mathematics and science to their students. In this article, the science teacher is given a glimpse of the treatment of topics shared by both disciplines as they are represented in mathematics texts, with suggestions for better transfer between disciplines.

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  • on Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:17 AM

In looking at how students see the difference between math in math and science classes is associated with perspective, approach or application. From a textbook perspective there are similarities in strategies, tools and topics. However the ways they are taught in each class may cause confusion for a student. The author elaborates in areas such as data gathering and analysis, probability, graphs and graphing, measurement and unit analysis. The article concludes with six ways to provide consistency between the two and thus help our students eliminate some of that confusion. All it requires is time and collaboration between teachers in both disciplines.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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