An investigation into students’ difficulties in numerical problem solving questions in high school biology using a numeracy framework

Scott, Fraser (2016) An investigation into students’ difficulties in numerical problem solving questions in high school biology using a numeracy framework. European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 4 (2). pp. 115-128. ISSN 2301-251X

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The ‘mathematics problem’ is a well-known source of difficulty for students attempting numerical problem solving questions in the context of science education. This paper illuminates this problem from a biology education perspective by invoking Hogan’s numeracy framework. In doing so, this study has revealed that the contextualisation of mathematics within the domain of biology is not the main source of difficulty for students but rather more fundamental mathematical skills.

Keywords:Numeracy, Problem Solving, Biology Education, Mathematical Deficiency, The Mathematics Problem, JCOpen
Subjects:X Education > X390 Academic studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Science > School of Chemistry
ID Code:25576
Deposited On:08 Jan 2017 13:41

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