Math. Model. Nat. Phenom.
Volume 6, Number 6, 2011Biomathematics Education
|Page(s)||198 - 214|
|Published online||05 October 2011|
Building Mathematical Models and Biological Insight in an Introductory Biology Course
Department of Biology, Truman State University,
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A growing body of literature testifies to the importance of quantitative reasoning skills in the 21st-century biology curriculum, and to the learning benefits associated with active pedagogies. The process of modeling a biological system provides an approach that integrates mathematical skills and higher-order thinking with existing course content knowledge. We describe a general strategy for teaching model-building in an introductory biology course, using the example of a model of an infectious disease outbreak. Preliminary assessment data suggest that working through the formal process of model construction may help students develop their scientific reasoning and communication skills.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 92B01 / 9701
Key words: mathematical modeling / education / mathematical biology / epidemiology
© EDP Sciences, 2011
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