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The language of mathematics in science

Issue: March 2016 360

Author: Richard Boohan

Extract: The Language of Mathematics in Science is an ASE project supported by the Nuffield Foundation that aims to support teachers of 11-16 science in the use of mathematical ideas in the science curriculum.

A concept map for understanding ‘working scientifically’

Issue: March 2016 360

Author: Philip Johnson and Ros Roberts

Extract: What is the ‘thinking behind the doing’ of ‘Working scientifically’? A concept map showing the interrelated ideas and how they impact on the difficulty of an investigation is described

Teaching statistics in post-16 biology

Issue: March 2016 360

Author: Neil Millar

Extract: Current methods of teaching and using statistics are outdated and unhelpful; changes need to be made if students are to succeed in modern biology

Mathematics and the pH scale

Issue: March 2016 360

Author: Dorothy Warren

Extract: This article outlines how students’ understanding of the pH scale is enhanced by an understanding of the underlying mathematical concepts.

Promoting the understanding of mathematics in physics at secondary level

Issue: March 2016 360

Author: Alaric Thompson

Extract: Developing an understanding of the processes and language of mathematics leads to improved understanding of the relationships between variables and quantities.

The formula triangle and other problems with procedural teaching in mathematics

Issue: March 2016 360

Author: Ed Southall

Extract: Quick and simple rules for performing calculations should only be used after the underlying concepts have been taught.

Mathematical input into secondary science continuing professional development (CPD)

Issue: March 2016 360

Author: Steve Lyon

Extract: Experiences of running mathematics professional development courses for science teachers shows a need for shared resources and approaches.

Does intelligent life exist beyond our planet? An exercise in estimation and problem solving

Issue: March 2016 360

Author: Andy Bullough

Extract: Handling very large and very small numbers can offer an entertaining use of computers and calculators.

Biology teachers’ beliefs about biotechnology and biotechnology education in Sri Lanka

Issue: March 2016 360

Author: Mohamed C. M. Zakeel, Mohamed I. S. Safeena and Faiz M. M. T. Marikar

Extract: How teachers’ knowledge and attitudes affect their views on biotechnology education.

Exploring how marine fish are adapted to their habitat: a successful journey

Issue: March 2016 360

Author: Cláudia Faria and Raquel Gaspar

Extract: A hands-on activity about fish adaptation using two experimental tasks following a visit to a fish market.

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