TY - JOUR

T1 - Developing science and math integrated activities for middle school students

AU - Sherrod, Sonya Ellouise

AU - Dwyer, Jerry

AU - Narayan, Ratna

PY - 2009/1

Y1 - 2009/1

N2 - This article reports the development and refinement of science and mathematics integrated activities for middle school students. The expectations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics that students develop an understanding of mathematics and an ability to apply it gave birth to these activities. The expectations of the National Science Education Standards that students engage in inquiry and discussion, as well as assessments that encourage them to analyse their findings and organize their conclusions, also framed these activities. Three middle school science teachers, who were less than confident in their mathematical abilities, piloted 3 of the 24 activities. Classroom discourse and teacher feedback were used to refine them. Diverse attitudes regarding the usefulness of mathematics and the comprehensive benefits of integrating mathematics into science activities are reported. Key components of the activities include detailed instructions, resources and references, discussion questions and assessment suggestions. Cooperative learning is highlighted as instrumental in the comprehension of both mathematics and science.

AB - This article reports the development and refinement of science and mathematics integrated activities for middle school students. The expectations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics that students develop an understanding of mathematics and an ability to apply it gave birth to these activities. The expectations of the National Science Education Standards that students engage in inquiry and discussion, as well as assessments that encourage them to analyse their findings and organize their conclusions, also framed these activities. Three middle school science teachers, who were less than confident in their mathematical abilities, piloted 3 of the 24 activities. Classroom discourse and teacher feedback were used to refine them. Diverse attitudes regarding the usefulness of mathematics and the comprehensive benefits of integrating mathematics into science activities are reported. Key components of the activities include detailed instructions, resources and references, discussion questions and assessment suggestions. Cooperative learning is highlighted as instrumental in the comprehension of both mathematics and science.

KW - Math/science integrated

KW - Mathematics

KW - Middle school

KW - Science

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=61449214093&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/00207390802566923

DO - 10.1080/00207390802566923

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:61449214093

VL - 40

SP - 247

EP - 257

JO - International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology

JF - International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology

SN - 0020-739X

IS - 2

ER -