W. Bradley Kincaid After participating in the PKAL 2003 Assembly, Linking Insights About How People Learn to Curricular Reform, I offer some characteristics of an institution (college or university) that is having demonstrable success in linking insights about how people learn into the work of curricular transformation.
"Biological concepts and models are becoming more quantitative, and biological research has become critically dependent on concepts and methods drawn from other scientific disciplines. The connections between the biological sciences and the physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science are rapidly becoming deeper and more extensive. The ways that scientists communicate, interact, and collaborate are undergoing equally rapid and dramatic transformations..."
Debra L. Hydorn PKAL and MAA have collaborated over the past several months to identify programs integrating the life sciences and the mathematical sciences. This is an ongoing project, and further examples of interesting programs are sought.
Ben B. Whitlock Ben Whitlock explains the importance of bridging the gap between students' experiences in introductory and advanced science courses in this PKAL F21 Class of 2004 statement. He advocates a research-rich and interdisciplinary environment which allows students to see how science is done.
Shubhik K. DebBurman Shubhik DebBurman, PKAL F21 Class of 2004 member, discusses ways of preparing diverse graduates for a technologically sophisticated and scientifically interdisciplinary twenty-first century community in his member statement.
Consultants were asked to evaluate the biology program at this private institution in the northeast. They evaluated core course requirements, upper-level courses, assessment tools for student learning, and the over-arching goals for biology majors in the program. The following recommendations will enable the institution to produce successful graduates that have many career options following graduation.
Bruce W. Grant, Charlene D'Avanzo, Jason Taylor
Ecoed.net is a partner in the Bioscience Education Network (BEN) a collaborative of more than 20 professional societies and coalitions of biology education partners with a purpose to coordinate the ongoing development of digital library collections for the teaching and learning of biology, with users at the center of the development.
David M. Bressoud, Lynn A. Steen Authors describe the wide range of activities and publications within the MAA (Mathematical Association of America) that emphasize three broader categories of connections important to their community:
connections to and from other disciplines
connections within the mathematical sciences
connections to the needs of students served by mathematics departments, majors and non-majors.