Lecture on Curriculum Reform
Jan 21, 2013FOR MORE INFORMATION:
DAWN RUDE, administrative assistant, Academic Affairs
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director
LECTURE ON CURRICULUM REFORM
Concordia College faculty Dr. John Reber, assistant professor, mathematics; and Dr. Krystle Strand, assistant professor, biology; will present a Centennial Scholars Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Birkeland Alumni Lounge. The lecture, “Curriculum Reform: Improving Skills and Confidence in Mathematics for Life Science Students and Closing the Loop by Providing Life Science Applications for Mathematics Students,” is free and open to the public.
Reber, Strand and co-inquirers Ingrid Jasper ’13, Edgerton, Minn., and Alexandra Lippert ’14, Willmar, Minn., worked with colleagues in mathematics and biology to develop multidisciplinary pedagogical approaches for teaching core biology concepts with the integration of mathematical reasoning. Their research was in response to the growing recognition by Concordia faculty and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Research Council that there is need for improvement in mathematics skills, confidence and attitude by life science students.
The goal is to introduce integrated instruction to students in their first four core biology courses and provide the necessary resources for faculty so that these early skills can serve as the foundation for advanced applications in upper-level courses and scholarship.
The Centennial Scholars Program began in 1983 with an emphasis on joint faculty and student scholarship.