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Title: Why Mathematics is essential in Biomedical Sciences degree?
Author: Arenas Solà, Concepción
Mestres i Naval, Francesc
Keywords: Matemàtica
Ensenyament de la matemàtica
Ciències de la salut
Educació superior
Mathematics education
Medical sciences
Higher education
Issue Date: 25-Aug-2014
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: Improvement of mathematical education and motivation of students in the mathematics" area is needed. What can be done? We introduce some ideas to generate the student"s interest for mathematics, because they often present difficulties in appreciating the relevance of mathematics and its role in the health sciences. We consider that a cornerstone in the strategy to attract the students" interest is linking the mathematics with real biomedical situations. We proceed in the following manner: We first present a real biomedical situation to produce interest and to generate curiosity. Second, we ask thought-provoking questions to students as: Which is the biomedical problem presented? Which is my knowledge on this situation? What could I do to solve this biomedical situation? Do I need some new mathematical concepts and procedures? Thereupon, the teacher explains the mathematical concepts necessary to solve the case presented, providing definitions, properties and tools for graphical display and/or mathematical calculations. In this learning methodology, ICTs were cornerstones for reaching the proposed competences. Furthermore, ICTs can also be used in the evaluative task in its two possible aspects: formative and for obtaining a qualification. Comments from students about this new mathematics teaching method indicate that the use of real biomedical case studies kept the lessons in mathematics interesting.
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It is part of: Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2014, vol. 141, p. 738-740
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ISSN: 1877-0428
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